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Reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Campaign

 

BREAKING NEWS: Senate Overwhelmingly Passes CCDBG Reauthorization Bill

CCDBG Reauthorization Update:  In June 2013, Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) introduced S. 1086, “The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013,” a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for the first time in over 17 years.

On September 18, 2013 the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee passed the bill out of committee via unanimous consent.  In late-February 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that S. 1086 would be brought to the Senate Floor for debate and consideration.  

In an effort to significantly improve the quality of child care across the nation and to prove that it is possible for the Senate to work in regular order, in a bipartisan manner.  By a vote of 97-1, the Senate approved S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, turning the focus over to the House of Representatives for action.

The Senators voting in favor of passage for the bill included 53 Democrats, 42 Republicans, and 2 Independents.  Only Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) voted against the measure, while Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) did not vote on the bill.

The country has definitely taken notice as the passage of the bipartisan S.1086 has led headlines. To read more about the media’s take on the passage of the bill, check out this article from Politico – Senate passes child care bill

While passage out of the Senate was an important step forward to improving the quality of child care, the process is far from finished as the House of Representatives will be pressured to take action.  The good news is that the prospects coming out of the House Education and the Workforce Committee have seemingly increased the odds that CCDBG Reauthorization will be looked at in this upcoming year.

Today, immediately following the passage of S.1086 out of the Senate, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman Rep. John Kline (R-MN) released this statement:

“Senate passage of legislation to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant is a step forward in the shared goal of strengthening the nation’s existing network of early childhood services. The bill includes several commonsense provisions that will help empower parents and enhance coordination between CCDBG and other federal early care programs, such as Head Start. The committee will convene a hearing on March 25, 2014 to examine House priorities for CCDBG, and I look forward to a productive discussion as we work to find common ground and complete the reauthorization of this important program.”

This is a huge win for working families in this country.  This bill contains many common-sense measures for helping protect children in child care, such as requiring providers to undergo comprehensive background checks, ensuring annual inspections are conducted and requiring childcare providers receive training on CPR, first aid, and safe sleep practices.

We are one step closer to ensuring children are safe and receiving quality early learning experiences while in child care. The research is clear, children’s early years are proven to be the most important time to create strong learners. This bill sets the standard families expect for their children.

Please join us to thank the Senate for standing up for children and working families by voting yes to reauthorize CCDBG.

Click here to thank your Senator for voting Yes on S.1086Read Child Care Aware of America's Letter of Support for S.1086

 

CCDBG Reauthorization Resources and

Quick Reference Information

    Quick Reference Resources:

    • The Economy's Impact on Parents' Choices and Perceptions about Child Care (2010) – Report contains information from a nationwide poll of 1,000 parents with children under age 12 and their child care choices and perspectives in the current economy. The report revealed that quality and cost remain the most important factors for parents when choosing child care.
    • Full Report

    • Child Care in America: 2013 State Fact Sheets -- Full Book (National Summary of key data and all state fact sheets) – This annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies to look at:
    • Family characteristics related to the need for child care.
    • The use of child care.
    • The supply of child care.
    • The cost of child care.
    • The child care workforce.
    • Services provided by CCR&Rs

    • We Can Do Better: 2013 Update  - The fourth in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense (DoD) on 11 program requirements and four oversight benchmarks for child care centers. Child Care Aware® of America’s update found that states have made progress but more progress is needed. The average score in 2013 was 92 out of a possible 150 points (61 percent of all possible points). Using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, the remaining top 10 states earned a C. Twenty-one states earned a D and the remaining states 20 failed.

     

    • Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update - Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Small Family Child Care Homes: Child Care Aware® of America assessed state policies for small family child care homes, where up to six children are cared for in the home of the provider for compensation.  The maximum number of points a state could receive is 150. Sixteen states scored  zero. Of the states that scored points, the average score was 69, which equates to 46 percent - a failing grade in any classroom. Family child care in the United States is characterized by weak state inspection standards, incomplete background checks, weak  training requirements, weak early learning standards and weak basic health and safety standards.

     

    • Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report - Provides information about the cost of child care from a recent survey of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) State Network offices and local agencies. Child care costs were reported for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age care in centers and family child care homes. The report also compares the cost of child care to household income, expenses and college tuition.

    State Specific Resources:

    Click on the map below to find information about where your state ranks in our reports, what the cost of child care is in your state, general facts about child care in your state, as well as stories from parents in your state.

    Hear from Parents on why CCDBG Reauthorization is important:

    Parents are calling for safe, affordable, quality child care

    Visit our Stories Behind the Issues page for more information. 

     

    For additional resources -- including background information, research and data, and the latest news on CCDBG -- contact Nick Vucic at nick.vucic@usa.childcareaware.org.