To: State Advocates

Fr: Helen Blank

Re: ALERT: Opportunity to Double Funding for CCDBG

Dt: December 11, 2017

State Advocates,

We have been given an opportunity to make the case for a major increase in child care funding and it’s time to activate around this rare opportunity to double discretionary funds for the Child Care and Development Block Grant in the final omnibus spending bill. Last week, Democratic leadership outlined its priorities for the FY 2018 appropriations bill and requested a $2.9 billion increase for CCDBG. This increase would ensure that states have the resources they need to implement the provisions in the 2014 bi-partisan reauthorization of CCDBG that will bolster the quality and safety of child care and help families more easily access help in paying for child care. The new funds will also allow nearly 230,000 additional children to receive child care assistance giving low-income parents financial help to afford high-quality child care so they can succeed at work; help to fund salaries needed to attract and retain well-qualified child care professionals; and give children the early learning experiences they need to succeed in school and in life and to become productive members of the future workforce.

NWLC and CLASP will be holding a conference call this Wednesday, December 13 at 12:30 p.m. ET where we will explain the situation in more depth and outline ways you can get involved to push for this significant increase in funds. To join, dial 1-877-273-4202, pin 733-934-065.

We hope you’ll join the call! In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions.

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