Congress Must Keep Parents Earning, Children Learning
Just in from the National Women's Law Center:
The elections on November 2 decided what the next Congress will look like, but the current Congress still has business to finish that will make a real difference to children and families. When Congress returns for a "lame duck" session on November 15, it will need to complete a final appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011 that will determine funding levels for early childhood programs. Congress will have a short time—just two weeks until the Continuing Resolution (CR) enacted at the end of September expires—to act in order to prevent funding cuts for the Child Care and Development and Block Grant (CCDBG), Head Start, and Early Head Start, among other essential programs. They will also have to decide whether to fund the Early Learning Challenge Fund, a new initiative that would encourage states to compete for funding to help to build stronger early childhood systems.
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