Policies That Matter TO YOU: 4/11/18

When You’re Happy Paying Full Price for What You Want, But That Shipping Fee Though….


This week Congress is just back from recess. Say “welcome back” with a call about quality, affordable child care.

by Eboni Taylor, Director of Policy & Elaishia Outley, Social Media Organizer


 

Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG)

Childcare for Working Families Act (CWLA, Murray-Scott Bill)

 

CCDBG was created under the Obama Administration, backed by Congress, and approved in March 2014.

If you are currently paying for child care, you won’t be surprised that fees for early childcare have risen 21% in the past nine years. Childcare cost are so high, that it would be cheaper to attend an in-state four-year college, or even pay a mortgage.   Nowimagine how many low-income families are having a hard time paying for child care on part-time or minimum wages. Many parents are forced to o use sick days, go further into debt, and even lose their job for choosing to stay home in order to take care of their child(ren).

 


 

No wonder it was approved! So why are we still talking about it four years later?

Although this grant was approved is 2014, funding for the grant was finally approved to cover the remainder of 2018.  Approximately $69.6 million dollars was approved for the state of Michigan to help send an additional 3,480 children to quality child care facilities.

 


 

Now that the funds are approved, an amendment was introduced to make sure the funds are allocated appropriately.

Senators Patty Murray  and Bobby Scott also introduced an amendment to the CCDBG in the form of the CWLA bill. The bill will establish a federal-state collaboration for affordable, quality childcare for children ages 0 to 13, provide incentives for state’s to provide preschool programs for low-to-medium income families, improve the settings of these learning institutions for children with disabilities, and funding for proper training programs for child-care workers.

 


 

Schedule a Parent-Lawmaker Conference.

Our Michigan Senators, Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow, have not signed on as sponsors of this amendment. Call them and let them you want to see them support this:

“Hi, I’m ___________, a constituent in ____________, and I have a message for the Senator. (Wait for response) I’m a Mothering Justice member, and our group wants to see the Senator sign on as sponsors of the Murray-Scott Bill to assure that the Block Grant funds for Michigan are spent on families that need it most. Thank you!”

Debbie Stabenow

Washington, D.C. Office

Phone: (202) 224-4822

Gary Peters

Washington, D.C. Office

Phone: (202) 224-6221

Until next time,

Eboni & Elaishia


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