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.
Submit an op-ed to local newspapers, both large and small, about the importance of sustaining and maintaining funding for early childhood programs by using this template. Please make sure to refer to the state by state chart on the total number of children at risk for losing child care slots to tailor this op-ed for your state.