The Government is Shutdown - Now What?

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...


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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.