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August 07, 2019
Last week, U.S. Congress approved a deal to raise the spending caps through 2021. Under this deal, non-defense discretionary funding will receive an increase of $56.2 billion over two years.
While we applaud our national lawmakers for reaching this agreement, our work is just beginning. With this framework in place, this additional funding now needs to be committed to specific federal programs.
By September 30, the U.S. Senate must appropriate part of this increased money to specific programs like the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Head Start. These programs are important for Alaska because it helps ensure our children have access to high quality child care.
The appropriations process will start in September. The U.S. House has already voted to provide increases for both CCDBG and Head Start. It’s now the U.S. Senate’s turn to pass their appropriations bills.
As a result, this month is a crucial time to let Congress know the impact programs like CCDBG and Head Start has on families. Whether it’s writing a letter or meeting with U.S. Congressional staff, your efforts will make a difference in shaping the child care landscape in 2020.
To kick things off, we invite you to join us today in telling the U.S. Senate to #FundChildCare by meeting or exceeding the U.S. House’s funding allotments of $2.4 billion increase for CCDBG and $1.5 billion for Head Start.
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