High-quality child care encourages children’s learning and development and helps them enter school ready to succeed. Yet in most communities, high-quality care is in short supply, particularly for low-income children and very young children. States and communities are working to address this shortage and improve the quality of care through a number of promising strategies, with the help of federal funding. To obtain a snapshot of notable state quality improvement initiatives, the National Women's Law Center asked child care administrators in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia to identify their states’ most promising quality initiative and most promising infant/toddler initiative supported with these resources.
In total, seventeen governors mentioned early education in their 2011 State of the State Addresses. These wise investments in child care and early education will benefit children, families, states, and the nation.
The Child Care and Early Learning Coalition sent a thank-you letter to Senators Mikulski, Murray, Gillibrand, Boxer, Feinstein, Shaheen, Hagan, Cantwell and Lautenberg, who during the floor debate on H.R. 1, spoke in support of essential programs that help women and children and specifically spoke in opposition to the proposed cuts to child care and Head Start.
H.R. 1, the House-passed bill that sets federal spending levels for the rest of FY 2011, makes significant cuts in Head Start and Early Head Start and the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), our key federal early learning investments.