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Based on a survey of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs), a new national report shows that FY 2011 budget cuts drastically affected children and family services within their states. The report was released last month by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), Every Child Matters Education Fund and Voices for America’s Children.

“Children are our most vulnerable citizens, yet states are cutting critical programs that are needed to ensure their healthy development and well-being,” said NACCRRA Executive Director Linda K. Smith. “As Congress debates spending cuts for FY 2012,  and as the Budget Super Committee drafts deficit reduction recommendations for the next 10 years, it is essential that our nation’s children are protected and that key initiatives with a direct effect on the economy, such as child care assistance, are fully funded and not diminished.”

NACCRRA supports propsals to help children and families during these challenging times like providing aid to states so that they don't have to cut children's health care, reduce child protection or close schools. NACCRRA is also proposing a 10-year  "Invest-in-Kids" effort to fund child abuse prevention and treatment programs, access to affordable child care for all working families and health insurance for every child. Click here to view online the State Budget Cuts: America's Kids Pay the Price, 2011 Update.

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