American Families Struggle to Find and Afford Child Care -

According to a 2017 report from the Center for American Progress, approximately half of families in the United States live in child care deserts. In these areas the demand for child care and early learning greatly exceeds the supply of available openings – with three or more children for every licensed child care slot, families are forced on to impossibly long waiting lists. In some areas, this issue is … Read More

Early Childhood Programs See Sustained or Increased Funding in House Appropriations Subcommittee Bill -

Last week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) met to consider the FY2019 funding bill, which includes many of the core federal early childhood education programs. During the Subcommittee markup, the bill was approved by a voice vote, setting up consideration by the full Appropriations Committee as early as this week. The bill includes the following funding levels for early learning and care … Read More

Experts Warn of ‘Irreparable Harm’ to Migrant Children Separated from Families -

The Trump administration’s policy of separating children from their parents at the border as a means to deter or punish parents and children who come to this country seeking protection has received near universal condemnation from child welfare and human rights organizations across America. “What is happening to children and families at the U.S.-Mexico border is unconscionable,” said Sarah Rittling, executive director of the First Five Years Fund. “The overwhelming … Read More

New Report Details Summer Child Care Struggles Families Face -

A new report from the Center for American Progress details the struggles many American families face in accessing and affording quality child care for their children during summer months. In fact, the report shows that families can expect to pay at least 20 percent of their household income on child care services during the summer. Part of the report highlights the unique struggles that parents with children from birth … Read More

Indiana Expands Early Childhood Education Investment to Improve Access and Quality -

Indiana is awarding Pre-K providers over $1.5 million in grants in an effort to increase the quality of, and access to early learning programs across the state. The grant money, being administered by the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), will be used to train staff, develop materials and curriculum, as well as host parent engagement events. In a recent WBAA-FM interview, FSSA spokesperson Marni Lemons commented on the … Read More