Congress Did Something Good

Agreement Reached To Raise Budget Caps

I know it's hard to believe and I was shocked to see the news as well but Congress reached an agreement to raise the budget caps.  This does not mean a budget was passed but it does mean that spending caps in the budget have been lifted so defense and non-defense programs will have access to additional money in the budget.

Does That Mean That there Is Money Set Aside for Early Education and Child Care?

No.  It simply means that there is a possibility of getting more funding.  

Next Steps?

As NAFCC tells us, "we'll need to keep working on making child care a priority."  

What Do We Want Congress To Do?

"Take use of this opportunity to invest in the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), Head Start and other crucial Services for early care and education."

This Summary of Proposals from NAFCC is a comprehensive yet easy to understand overview of what is happening.

Information from the Family Child Care News and Policy Update sent on November 1.  Read it here! 

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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.