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FY2018 Budget Makes Cuts to Critical Programs for Children and Families

From Child Care Aware of America - The FY 2018 budget proposal by the Trump administration was released today. And it’s not looking good for children and families. The working version of the budget currently includes severe cuts to programs that benefit parents, providers, teachers and most importantly children. Here is what you should know: The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) would be cut by $95 million in FY 2018, possibly putting several hundred thousand children at-risk of losing access to care next year alone. An $85 million cut for Head Start, which includes the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership program. The elimination of the 21st Century Community Learning Center

Celebrating Provider Appreciation Day!

Join us in honoring those that care for, nurture, and educate our children. Child care plays a vital role in the early education and care of our nation’s children. This is especially important given that the early years of a child’s life are the most critical for development. We know that children who receive high-quality child care benefit throughout their lives. However, despite the importance of high-quality child care, the child care workforce earns far less than they should, an average of $19,510 a year. This Friday, Child Care Aware® of America celebrates Provider Appreciation Day in conjunction with our partners, National Association of Family Child Care, National Association for the

Thank you for supporting Tribal child care!

From NICCA -- We are so grateful to have you behind child care, especially for Tribal children and families, as we continue to push towards high-quality, affordable child care! Because of your support and advocacy over the past few months, child care was not cut in the latest budget -- we got a slight increase in funding for early education and health! The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will receive a $95 million increase in FY 2017, bringing total discretionary funding to $2.856 billion. This was a bigger increase than both the original House and Senate bills. Head Start will receive an increase of $85 million over last year, including $80 million to cover cost of living inc

Are children across the country on equal footing when it comes to pursuing the American dream?

Urban Institute’s Julia Isaacs has released a new study that demonstrates that state spending on children varies widely and there is a strong geographic pattern to these variations. Latino and American Indian or Alaska Native children are much more likely than non-Latino white and black children to live in low-spending states, with nearly half living in states that spend less than $7,000 per child. Though children’s outcomes are affected by many dimensions, children that live in states that spend more on them tend to be healthier and better educated. Share our interactive graphic on Facebook or Twitter with friends or colleagues who might be interested in seeing how their states compare with