ACTION ALERT: Call Your Senators to Reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG)

The debate and vote by the Senate on a child care reauthorization was delayed until this week due largely to the winter weather. The Senate will debate reauthorization (S. 1086) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), with a vote possible by Thursday. If it passes, this victory will be an important step in building a strong early learning system. Let’s give CCDBG a boost by flooding the phone lines!

Take action by calling your Senators today. It’s easy:

  • Call 202-224-3121. Tell the operator who answers the phone the name of one of your Senators. (Not sure? Look up your Senators here.)
  • Once you are connected to your Senator’s office, tell the staff person who answers your name and that you are a constituent (name your city and state).
  • Then, say, “I urge the Senator to vote yes on the bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Thank you.”
  • Well done! Now, call back and ask for your other Senator.

High-quality child care is critical for the success of children and their parents. Child care provides countless early learning opportunities to children and enables parents to work so they can support their families. CCDBG was last reauthorized nearly 20 years ago.  Here’s what the new bill would do:

  • Improve the health and safety of children in child care settings
  • Make it easier for families to get and keep the child care assistance they need
  • Enable children to have more stable child care
  • Strengthen the overall quality of child care

Give kids a strong start to help them flourish! Call your Senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to vote YES to reauthorize CCDBG.

3/14 UPDATE: Congratulations! Your calls made a difference. 

Yesterday, the Senate passed CCDBG reauthorization by a 97 to 1 vote! Now, child care heads to the House of Representatives. Rep. John Kline (R-MN), Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, has already announced a committee hearing for March 25.​

Thank you for your great work!

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