Speak up now! Join the national call-in day for child care
Posted on 03.30.2017, Thursday

It’s time to be a big voice for little kids!

The House of Representatives is soon to make funding decisions about critical programs that support babies and families. Today, join ZERO TO THREE, CLASP, NWLC, Child Care Aware of America, NAEYC, NAFCC, NBCDI, and YWCA for a national call-in day for child care.  Call and urge your Representative to request that the Appropriations Chairman increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by $1.4 billion in the FY 2018 appropriations bill. 

America’s future depends on quality child care. It not only fuels our country’s economic engine by helping parents work, but also builds the workforce of the future. Without these additional funds, states will not be able to implement the important reforms in the CCDBG Act of 2014 while maintaining the current number of children served. With so many working families needing child care assistance, we can’t afford to lose any more capacity in a system that currently reaches fewer than 1 out of every 6 eligible children living in low-income families.

Since 2006, there has been a significant decline in the number of children served by CCDBG, with 373,100 fewer children receiving child care in 2015 than in 2006 – a 21 percent reduction in the average monthly number of children served in just nine years.

Take these easy steps to tell your member of Congress that child care must be a priority in the FY 2018 budget!

Step 1: Identify your Representative.   

Step 2:  Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 for connection to your Representative’s office.

Step 3: Personalize the script below to share your message:

  • Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _______.
  • I’m calling because child care is an important issue for American babies and families, as well as our nation’s future.
  • I know that April 6th is the deadline for the Congressman/woman to make an appropriations request to the Chairman, and I’d like for him/her to prioritize an increase for child care.
  • Specifically, I hope the Congressman/woman will ask for a $1.4 Billion increase in C-C-D-B-G, because child care helps parents go to work and helps babies get the strong start that they need.
  • Thank you for your time.

If you are not able to connect to a staff member, you can leave a message:

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent. I urge the Congressman/woman to ask for a $1.4 Billion increase in C-C-D-B-G before the April 6th Appropriations request deadline because child care helps parents work and babies get the strong start they need.

Thank you for making your voice heard for young children and families!

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