In September, the House and Senate reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill reauthorizing the Child Care and Development Block Grant and the House voted to approve it. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure on November 13 when they return from the recess.
Given the importance of child care assistance, it is encouraging that families in thirty-three states were better off—having greater access to assistance and/or receiving greater benefits from assistance—in February 2014 than in February 2013 under one or more child care assistance policies covered in this report.
This conference call explained the current status of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization process and the specific provisions of the CCDBG reauthorization bill that passed the House of Representatives in September 2014.
It’s critical for federal candidates to hear that early learning is an important issue to their electorate during this election season. This toolkit provides the resources advocates and community leaders need to get and keep early learning on the table during an election year.
Karen Schulman is a Senior Policy Analyst in NWLC's Family Economic Security division. She researches and writes about child care and early education policies. She received her bachelor's degree from Williams College and her master's degree in Public Policy from Duke University. Prior to joining NWLC, she worked at the Children's Defense Fund.