Action Alert: House Finance Committee Public Testimony Starts March 21 for FY24 Operating Budget

March 21, 2023

Ask the House Finance Committee to Increase Child Care Investment in the Proposed FY24 Operating Budget.

In a series of meetings this week, the House Finance Committee will be hearing public testimony on the State of Alaska FY24 House Operating Budget (HB39).

Now is the time for child care providers, early educators and families to testify and ask the House Finance Committee to increase state investment in early learning and child care. As federal relief funding for child care sunsets, it’s critical that child care programs can keep their doors open, and early educators stay in the field. Increased state investment is needed.


  • Tues March 21 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Sitka, Petersburg, Dillingham, Glennallen, Valdez, Wrangell, Homer, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Seward, Tok.
  • Tues March 21 from 5:00 to 8 p.m.
    • Juneau, “Off Nets”
  • Wed March 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    • Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Kenai, Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Nome, Utqiagvik.
  • Wed March 22 from 5:00 to 8 p.m.
    • Anchorage, Mat-Su, “Off Nets”
  • Thurs March 23 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
    • “Off Nets”

Testify By Phone
Call-in: Anchorage 907.563.9085 | Juneau 907.586.9085 | Statewide 844.586.9085
Note: Testimony is limited to two (2) minutes per person. Select a spokesperson if you are part of a group with the same message.

Testify By Email
The House Finance Committee encourages anyone wishing to provide written public testimony to:

  • Email comments to
  • In the Subject Line: FY24 State Operating Budget

Note: These comments will become part of record.

Talking Points
Please consider these talking points for your testimony or email:

  • Thank the House Finance Committee for their support of the proposed FY24 operating budget which includes early childhood resources and services such as infant learning, early literacy, Pre-K, and other family supports. These critical resources play a vital role in our children’s future!
  • Federal relief funding has helped child care to keep its doors open, but it is soon sunsetting. Ask the House Finance Committee to increase state investment in child care to soften the impact of expiring federal relief funding and ensure child care can continue to keep its doors open serving Alaska’s families and young children.
  • Share your stories! Explain how an increased investment will help your child care program, early educator(s), and/or family.
Thank you for testifying and letting our leaders know how vital child care is to families — and Alaska.