It’s that time again. The Senate Subcommittee on Labor-HHS Appropriations will be debating its FY2015 appropriations bill on Friday, June 6, with a full Appropriations committee markup the following week, most likely on June 10.
Last year’s agreement on Labor-HHS Appropriations provided an increase of $1.4 billion for early learning programs, restoring sequester cuts and offering new opportunities to expand and improve early childhood opportunities around the country. Let’s tell Congress to make 2015 another great year for children in appropriations.
Contact your Senators this week (find them here or call the main Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121) and ask them to press their colleagues on the Labor-HHS appropriations subcommittee to make young children a priority by maintaining and expanding funding for Early Head Start-child care partnerships, Head Start, child care, and Early Learning Challenge/preschool development grants.
The House of Representatives is expected to follow with its Labor-HHS appropriations markup later in June. If your representative sits on the Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee it isn’t to soon to call them too.