In the United States, the costs of quality child care comes at a time when families can least afford them.
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.
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.