ACT TODAY Because the Senate Votes Tomorrow on Funds that impact YOU

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) sent out the below email earlier today. TODAY your action is needed because your Senator is voting tomorrow and it will impact YOU.  Read on from NAFCC's message to see what, why and how. 

If you are in the states: Mississippi, Maryland, Missouri, Washington, Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois Kansas, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin - act now.

Republished with permission from NAFCC

We are contacting you today because tomorrow your U.S. Senator is going to vote and decide how much to invest in child care. This is big and your Senator needs to hear from you today.  

Federal funding for child care is an important piece of the puzzle. Without these critical funds, too many children, particularly those from low-income families, will not have the chance to participate in the high-quality experiences that they need. These funds are also about licensing, training, supports, and about including family child care in early care and education systems and ideas in the states. These funds are about you, your work, and the children and families who are counting on you.

There is so much at stake - and the Senate Appropriations Committee needs to hear it loud and clear. 

Take action today - easy as 1, 2, 3

  1. Find your state and your U.S. Senator in the list below.
  2. Call your Senator's DC office using the number provided.
  3. Tell the person who answers the phone: "My name is _____ and I'm a constituent. I urge you to support increased investments in child care when the Subcommittee votes on Tuesday. This is crucial in our state. We are counting on the Senator."  

Every voice counts! 

Unfortunately, we know what will happen if we are not successful. Funding will fall short. Family child care providers like you will miss out on investments in the crucial work you do every day. Wait lists will get longer. Parents will struggle to get back to work without access to child care. Children will lose out without the early learning experiences that you provide. 

Your voice is important! These senators and their staff need to hear from you about how important this issue is the parents and children in their states. Thank you for taking action. 

Can you do one more thing? Forward this message to five friends in your state.

Thank you for all that you do!

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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 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