A smaller, essential version of the child care package included in Build Back Better is being considered by Congress RIGHT NOW as part of the budget reconciliation process. This is our last chance this year to get the funding we need to make child care work for families, kids, and child care providers.
Contact Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Jeff Merkley today and tell them to champion this funding!
What’s in the Package
The revamped early learning proposal would invest robust funding in the existing federal child care program — the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program — which would quickly get funding to all 50 states and territories, strengthen the early learning workforce, expand the supply of quality child care facilities, and lower child care costs for families across the country. The CCDBG program has served millions of children and families for decades; however, due to insufficient funding levels, CCDBG currently only reaches 11% of income-eligible young children and provides insufficient reimbursement to providers.
Additionally, the latest proposal would:
- Fund critical child care infrastructure needs, including higher wages for early educators and staff, including Head Start staff.
- Reduce child care deserts and improve the supply of high-quality child care.
- Support quality improvement activities in all states.
- Establish a new pilot program for states to match federal dollars to expand child care assistance to middle-income families.
- Expand access to high-quality preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.
- Every state and territory already participates in the CCDBG program so eligible families and providers would immediately see more access to child care, creating a positive effect on workforce participation across the labor market. And thanks to the temporary pandemic relief funding Congress provided over the past two years, states are equipped for an infusion of much needed sustained funding in order to right-size their CCDBG systems.
- By immediately increasing CCDBG funding, more parents will be able to choose the provider and setting that best meets their needs, including child care centers, home-based family child care providers, faith-based programs, while enabling families to pursue greater economic security and job stability.