In 2010, we made our presence known. Congress’ phone lines were jammed, switchboards were overloaded, and inboxes were full. We plan to do that, and more, in 2011. This conference call was recorded on January 13, 2011.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 includes provisions for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, and WIC. The provisions for CACFP are focused on the promotion of nutrition and wellness, reducing paperwork, and increasing access to after-school meals for school-age children.
Helen Blank provided testimony on the importance of supporting and opportunities to improve early care and education at the hearing, The State of the American Child: Securing Our Children's Future, before the Senate HELP's Subcommittee on Children and Families.
The following state-by-state fact sheets provide information from NWLC’s report on state child care assistance programs, State Child Care Assistance Policies 2010: New Federal Funds Help States Weather the Storm.
This conference call discussed most recent developments in state child care assistance programs and also featured state advocates who are working on key challenges affecting low-income families as well as providers’ access to child care assistance.