Washington, D.C. November 19, 2014 – Today, flanked by Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle, President Obama put pen to paper and signed S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, into law. After 18 years without any Congressional action, the Child Care and Development Block Grant has finally been reauthorized and revised to include basic provisions to improve the quality of child care nationwide.
For the first time in 18 years, Congress has passed a reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, as the bill now awaits President Obama’s signature to become law.
The annual Parents and the High Cost of Child Care Report for 2014 will be released on December 4, 2014. Usually released in early November, this year’s movement in Congress on the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) has pushed the release date back one month. The reauthorization of CCDBG has been Child Care Aware of America’s top legislative priority for nearly two decades, and is scheduled for final consideration in the Senate on November 13.
Editor's Note: This following is cross-posted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary. Stay tuned for more updates from Child Care Aware of America as they are made available.
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 21, 2014 — The Council for Professional Recognition, the premier organization dedicated to improved performance among early childhood educators, and Child Care Aware® of America, the nation’s leading voice for child care, recently entered into a partnership to improve the quality of child care by emphasizing the importance of professional development among early educators.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, is the unexpected death of a child less than a year old that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation. In many instances of SIDS, a child is thought to be sleeping, but when checked is found dead. SIDS accounts for nearly 4,000 infant deaths every year in the United States alone and is the third leading cause of death in infants aged 1 to 12 months. This October, we urge families, child care providers and other caregivers to spend some time learning about safe sleep practices and ways to reduce the risk of SIDS.
Efuru Lynch of California is a working mother and a parent advocate for affordable, accessible child care. She is a strong proponet for child care policies that met the diverse needs of middle- and low-income families and satisfy children's need for a stable, nurturing provider.
Families will meet with policymakers in Washington D.C. to voice concerns and advocate for improved child care options during Child Care Aware® of America’s first-ever Family Advocacy Summit.
The House of Representatives just voted to reauthorize the S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, led by Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), and David Loebsack (D-IA), and Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC). The original bill was approved in the Senate by a vast majority in March.
The Washington Post recently published four articles that emphasize America’s need for safe, quality child care. The following articles focus on the disturbing number of deaths in Virginia’s unregulated child care homes and points out several other states whose child care regulations—or lack thereof—leave our children unprotected and at risk. Click the links below to access the full articles and their interactive features.