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Take action on one of Child Care Aware® of America’s campaigns to strengthen the quality of child care. Learn more about Child Care Aware® of America’s Public Policy Agenda and how we intend to improve the system of child care in the United States.

You can make a difference in the lives of children and families by contacting your elected officials using our easy digital action center. And stay up to date on the issues and get immediate calls to action by subscribing to our bi-weekly legislative newsletter, Capitol Connection!

With your help we can work to improve the quality, affordability, and availability of child care so that all children can start school ready to learn.

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Support Child Care for Working Families

Child care plays an important role in the U.S. economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500 billion in income annually. Yet, on average, millions of working families pay more for child care than they do for mortgage or rent, transportation, or even food every month. That’s why it’s critical to fund child care and early learning programs so all families can afford care.

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Fund Child Care and Afterschool Care in the Next Budget

Ask your members of Congress to support children and working families in the FY 2018 budget by fully funding 21st Century Learning Centers (CLCs), Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS), and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships; and increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

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Include Child Care in the Tax Reform Package

Today, the average annual cost for a 4-year old in center-based care is higher than a year’s tuition and fees at a 4-year public college in many states. Ask your members of Congress to include child care in the discussion on tax reform when they take up the issue. The PACE Act, when added to other pieces of pending legislation, can go a long way toward supporting working families struggling to afford care.

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Support Student-Parents By Funding the CCAMPIS Improvement Act of 2017

One out of every four college students is also a parent. According to numerous studies, the number of parents attending college has grown significantly over the last 15 years while many colleges have simultaneously eliminated child care services, leaving parents with the burden of trying to find safe, quality care while balancing their course schedule. Ask your legislator to co-sponsor the Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) Improvement Act of 2017 to support these student-parents!

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Increase Funding for CCDBG in FY 2018

The recent deal in Congress gave some additional funding to early childhood and health programs through FY 2017, but it’s still not enough to cover implementation of CCDBG for states. Ask your elected officials to fully fund CCDBG implementation with an additional $1.4 billion above FY 2017 so no child loses access to child care.

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