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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.

Current Actions

Keep Children and Families Together

Ask your members of Congress to support S. 3036, the “Keeping Families Together Act”, which recognizes the fact that children need secure relationships with parents and caregivers beginning at a very young age, and therefore should not be separated from their families during times of stress and trauma.

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Protect SNAP Benefits in the Farm Bill

The Farm Bill, which includes SNAP, is up for reauthorization this year and the House Agriculture Committee has already passed their proposed version. H.R. 2 makes changes to SNAP that would force more than one million families to have to choose between putting food on their tables, or paying for the electricity or gas to cook it.

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Fully Fund CCDBG in FY2019 Budget

Members of Congress made a promise to children and families when they committed to doubling the funding the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for the next two years. Ask them to keep that promise by allocating the remaining $1 billion in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

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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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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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