Bipartisan Senate Budget Deal Includes Historic Child Care Funding Increase

The deal doubles funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program and reauthorizes MIECHV

Media Contact: Allie Wright, [email protected], (515) 537-6547

Washington, D.C. (February 7, 2018)Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) President Kris Perry issued the following statement on the budget deal reached in the Senate today, which raises the budget caps, doubles funding – to $5.8 billion – for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, and reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program for five years. Authorization for the program expired on September 30.

“Through this bipartisan deal, Congress has made history by doubling CCDBG’s funding for the first time since it began in 1996. This would ensure approximately 230,000 more low-income kids will receive access to high-quality child care programs, which we know helps provide a strong start in life.

“Child care is also an integral piece of the economic engine of a community. By helping families access and afford quality care, we’re helping both children and parents reach their full potential.

“The deal also reauthorizes funding for MIECHV, a crucial home visiting program that serves approximately 160,000 families across the country. I am encouraged by lawmakers’ investment in this successful, voluntary program, which helps give parents the skills they need to help their kids thrive in school and in life.

“This budget deal was made possible by the hard work and dedication of many advocates over many years and shows the power of constituents across the country, demanding that Congress reauthorize it. This is a huge victory for parents who have struggled over the past several months to meet their children’s needs.

“While we strongly support this agreement, Congress still needs to pass this budget and hold itself accountable to these promises to kids in future spending bills. Children are our future, and we must prioritize and continue to invest in them in order to ensure a positive future for our entire country.”

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