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Breaking news! Today the Senate and House of Representatives agreed to improve and reauthorize the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG). The CCDBG, which has not been reauthorized in 18 years, is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance for families and funds quality initiatives for child care.

Over 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care arrangement every week across the Nation. Standards for child care vary by state. If reauthorized, the CCDBG will bolster health and safety in child care programs, namely by:

  • Requiring child care providers to undergo comprehensive background checks
  • Increasing state funding for child care quality initiatives
  • Requiring states to inspect programs before issuing a child care license and post the results of monitoring and inspection reports
  • Ensuring eligible families continue to receive child care subsidies for at least a year

“Every working parent with children no matter their income level worries about child care,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). “What’s affordable? What’s accessible? Will my child be safe? Where can I get the very best care for my kid? It is not enough to simply ensure that kids have someplace to go. We must also ensure that they go someplace that is safe, that nurtures their development, that challenges their mind, and that prepares them for school. I am so pleased that the Senate and House have come together on a bipartisan basis to revitalize, refresh, and reform this vitally important program to support child care providers, give parents peace of mind, and better prepare our children for the future. It’s time to get this done for children, parents, and providers alike!”

You can help make a difference for Alaska by telling our Senators and Representative to vote for this key piece of legislation. Click here to take action now and send a letter.

For more information about today’s agreement and the CCDBG, click here.

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