On February 9, President Trump signed a two-year budget deal, along with a stopgap spending bill to end a brief government shutdown. The bipartisan budget deal increases domestic spending caps and includes critical wins for young children and their families. The deal extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for a total of ten years, and reauthorizes the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) for five years.
The budget deal also includes a $5.8 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) over two years. This boost for CCDBG will enable states to expand child care assistance to nearly 230,000 additional children and implement the provisions in the 2014 bipartisan reauthorization of CCDBG that will bolster the quality and safety of child care.
Child360 applauds these critical investments in our children and is proud to have been part of the #DoubleCCDBG movement that helped generate momentum for the CCDBG increase. We thank our members of Congress for investing in young children and their families, and will continue to work with legislators and fellow ECE advocates to expand high quality early learning opportunities for our youngest citizens.