Yesterday I wrote a post about the potential impact of the government shutdown for child care and child nutrition programs. The lists in the first post are being continually updated by wanted to specifically share with you highlights from some of the newest information and some of the immediate effects we see in our industry.
The long and short of it all is that, for the most part, if this shutdown lasts for a short period of time, the adverse affects will be minimal.
- CLASP explains the status of child care and early education funding this excellent two page paper. "Between prior-year federal funds and state funds, states should be able to keep their child care programs running without interruption in the short term."
care programs running without interruption in the short term.
- Tom Copeland explains specifics of the USDA contingency plan and it's impact on the food program in his post How Does the Government Shut Down Affect the Food Program?
- Zero to Three's Baby Policy Blog addresses the ins and outs for low income families that depend on help to raise their young children through child care, head start, nutrition and health programs in Government Shuts Down: Will Infants, Toddlers and Families be Shut Out? Many of the funds that provide assistance to families are administered through the states and therefore will be able to continue for a period of time.
- The Shutdown and Education: Your Cheatsheet is a post from Education Week which gives you a breakdown of how education, including preschool and Headstart is fairs in this predicament.
Those that don't fair so well...
- Unfortunately WIC doesn't fair as well as the others. "WIC, which provides crucial nutritional support for pregnant women, infants and young children, must wait until a new funding measure passes before receiving 2014 funding."
- USDA's website and resources: http://www.usda.gov/fundinglapse.htm
- My Plate's Facebook Page "Due to the lapse in federal government funding this channel will not be updated until the federal government reopens."
- All other government websites have shut down such as The Office of Child Care and USA.gov