Among the usual rhetoric and personal attacks during the Presidential debate Monday evening, did you hear the candidates mention “work-life balance and child care?” Fact Checker would say yes that both candidates expressed their concerns for working families and child care and have stated that these are issues each would address as the President of the United States.
What you may not know is that while most of the country was noticing other prevailing issues, steps have already been taken so that either candidate will have a foundation from which to address child care. So what have you missed? Here’s a summary:
- December 2014: The current Administration reauthorized the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) which is funded by the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) that brought about sweeping changes for child care particularly in the areas of health and safety
- March 2016: States administering CCDF funds, which provide child care subsidies for low-income families who are either working, or pursuing education or training for a job, were required to submit their state plan for implementing the new requirements
- September 2016: Office of Child Care, an Office of the Administration on Children and Families, finalized the new CCDF rules designed to clarify for states how to implement the new law
- September 2017: Child care providers are required to have received the required trainings in the areas of health and safety
So what does all of this mean to you? Whether you vote blue or red, all children need and deserve quality early learning experiences which set the stage for their later success in school and life. Even if you’re not a parent or your children are grown, it benefits all of us to give children a healthy start to their future because their success or failure affects our homes, community and nation.
As you prepare to take part in one of the greatest responsibilities of freedom – voting, remember that children are counting on YOU!
A nonprofit 501(c)(3), United Way of Central Alabama partner agency established in 1984, Childcare Resources’ mission is to make quality care and education of children happen by providing information, education, and assistance to families, providers of child care and the community. The mission is achieved by:
- providing training to child care professionals in Blount, Jefferson, Shelby and Walker Counties
- assisting low-to-moderate income working families, who meet eligibility criteria, to pay for child care
- providing comprehensive child care information to families who are looking for child care options
- offering a Parent Education @ Work program, helping employees in their vitally important role as parents.
Childcare Resources is the first and only child care resource and referral agency in the south to hold National Quality Assurance for best practices from Child Care Aware of America.
For more information about Childcare Resources, visit www.ccr-bhm.org or call (205) 945-0018.