RSVP for the State of Babies Summit 2021
Get the data. Hear from experts. Join the conversation. Take action.
April 22, 2021 | 2pm ETCOUNT ME IN
Are We There Yet? 2011 Funding Debate Approaches Critical Week
Congress returns to Washington today with less than two weeks before the current stop-gap measure for funding the government runs out.
Negotiations between staff of House and Senate leaders continued during last week’s recess, but had hit snags by week’s end. A major sticking point is the House’s desire to attach policy-related provisions dealing with funding for Planned Parenthood and the Environmental Protection Agency. Talk of a government shutdown, which had abated for a while, has picked up again.
Voices on behalf of children must continue to be heard, even as the process for finalizing 2011 funding drags on. Whether a final agreement on spending cuts reduces programs across the board or individually, children’s programs stand to lose. Please let your Senators and Representatives know that their constituents care about how the deficit is reduced and who bears the burden of deep funding cuts. The choices they make now will affect young children for years to come.
Make another telephone call, send an e-mail, drop a letter by the District office, or write a letter to the editor. Let them know that protecting children’s programs must be non-negotiable—oppose drastic cuts to children’s services. In particular, 368,000 children should not lose Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care services. Young children will not be ready for school, and parents will not be able to work if our early childhood education system is decimated in this way. For background and action materials on Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care, read more here.
CALL OR WRITE TODAY! DON’T LET OUR BIG VOICES FOR LITTLE KIDS FALL SILENT!
Read more about:
You might also be interested in
The federal American Rescue Plan Act provides critical and unprecedented opportunities for states to support infants and toddlers and their families.
On December 27th, the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act that included a COVID-19 relief package in addition to final FY2021 appropriations and tax measures. The Act includ…
On September 28th, the House Democrats released an updated version of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act which includes many critical supports for families. The…