Articles of Interest

Will Child Care Be There When States Reopen? 
Posted April 27, 2020 – Sophie Quinton, Pew, Stateline
Emilu Alvarez closed her private Miami preschool and kindergarten in late March as the new coronavirus began to spread and worried parents began to keep their kids at home. She kept paying her staff as she applied for federal small business loans and local foundation grants. But the financial help never materialized. Child care centers, home daycares and after-school programs nationwide are struggling to stay open as families stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus. As some governors prepare to lift stay-at-home orders, child care advocates warn that if businesses like Alvarez’s cannot survive, it’ll be harder for parents to return to work. 

COVID-19: Resources for Early Education Professionals
Posted March 13, 2020 – Chris Duggan, CDC, Child Care Aware, NAEYC
We are closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and understand the difficult circumstances our members are in balancing the needs of the families you serve with the responsibility you have to protect your staff. We anticipate this crisis will continue to impact our communities for the next several weeks and want to provide you with the right resources specific to child care and early education facilities. This is a time when we must protect not only our families, but also our communities and friends as a way of ensuring that we all stay healthy.

Invest in Child Care: Something Has to Change- Center for American Progress
Posted on February 24, 2020 – Andrew Slatter, Jessica Schuman and Brooke Butler
Every day, early educators across the country are setting future generations up with the foundation to build a healthy, successful life. This work is essential to our families, our economy, and our future. Yet still it is under-resourced. Only 1 in every 6 low-income eligible children receive the assistance they need to access quality care.

Every Kid Counts: Census Bureau Partners with Pediatricians and Child Advocates in Effort to Count Every Child in 2020 Census
February 22, 2020
Children under five years old are among population groups historically undercounted in the census. The Census Bureau is making a concerted effort to address this issue by creating community partnerships, educational programs, awareness campaigns and operational innovations with the goal of raising awareness of the importance of counting young children.

FY 2020 Funding Bill Includes More than 1 Billion Increase for Early Learning and Child Care
Dec. 16, 2019 Charles Joughin- First Five Years Fu
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Early this morning, Congress approved an omnibus spending package to fund the government through the end of September 2018, which includes a bipartisan provision to increase funding for the Child Care Development Block Grants (CCDBG) program to $5.226 billion – the single largest increase to CCDBG in the program’s history. This represents an increase of $2.37 billion over FY2017 levels and effectively doubles the program’s discretionary funding. The crucial funding increase will allow states to implement important quality improvements to child care programs that will better support children’s development and education. This increase is the result of a bipartisan budget agreement reached by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on February 9, 2018, who negotiated the funding boost for child care.

White House Principles for Child Care Reform: Increasing Access to Affordable, High Quality Child Care in America- Press Release
Issued on December 12, 2019
Today, more Americans are working than ever before. Virtually every demographic is achieving historic low unemployment rates. As the Trump Administration’s policies continue to fuel economic growth, we have seen millions of Americans come off the sidelines and rejoin the workforce. In fact, job openings have exceeded the number of job seekers for well over a year. Maintaining that growth will require strengthening policies to support working families, including increasing access to affordable, high quality child care.