Category: Congress

As Child Care Costs Outpace College Tuition, Child Care Aware® of America Calls for Congressional, Trump Administration Action on Affordable, Quality Child Care

2018 Policy Agenda Recommendations Would Improve Financial Stability for Millions of Americans if Enacted The Child Care for Working Families Act is Top Priority WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2018 – With millions of American families struggling to afford and access quality child care, and early childhood education costs outpacing college tuition, Child Care Aware® of America today urged Congress to… Read more »

Top 5 Victories in 2017 That Pave the Way for A Successful 2018

Many families struggle to find child care that meets their needs and high-quality programs are difficult to find and typically have long waiting lists. We believe that no child or family should have to choose between affordability and quality. So we continue our work in convening thought-leaders, advocating on Capitol Hill, and keeping our communities… Read more »

Congress Passes Tax Reform Legislation that Could Harm Millions of Children and Families

Earlier today, the House of Representatives approved the Senate-passed tax reform legislation which will overhaul the tax code for the first time since the mid-1980s. President Trump is expected to sign this bill into law soon. The bill doubles the Child Tax Credit (CTC), however, only higher income families would receive the majority of the… Read more »

House Tax Reform Package Approved in Committee and Senate Proposal Released

Earlier today, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” on a party-line vote. While proposals to expand and enhance the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) were not included in the amended version, the proposal to eliminate Dependent Care Flexible Savings Accounts was overturned…. Read more »

The House just introduced their tax reform package

House Unveils Tax Reform Package

Yesterday, House Republican leadership introduced the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.”  This anticipated legislation is designed to reform the tax code for the first time since the 1980s, including changes to deductions and tax credits. Child Care Aware® of America supports initiatives by Congress that would strengthen and expand tax credits that support… Read more »

UPDATED: A Message from Our Executive Director Regarding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Child Care Aware® of America supports initiatives by Congress that would strengthen access to affordable child care for all. Unfortunately, the House-passed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) fails to address the child care needs of working families by not providing sufficient tax relief and prioritizing expansion of critical tax credits, including the Child… Read more »

Senate Approves Budget Resolution

The Senate just passed its FY 2018 budget resolution on a 51-49 vote. Before final passage, the Senate adopted an amendment from Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chairman of the Budget Committee, that removes the House-passed Budget resolution’s instructions of $203 billion in mandatory spending cuts and replaces it with a deficit-neutral tax cut that could… Read more »

Congress Will Miss Deadline on Extending Funding for Children’s Health Insurance and Home Visiting Programs

With the authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative expiring tomorrow, September 30, Congress will miss the deadline for extending these critical programs. Unfortunately, this lapse in funding could put many programs at-risk of closing and deny children access to health… Read more »

Student Parents Add Child Care to Their School Supply Lists

Unfortunately, students with children are especially unlikely to complete higher education programs within six years of enrollment and only 33 percent of those students will earn a degree or certification in that time. When compared to families with low-incomes, the disparity is even greater. Student parents devote more than 30 hours per week to dependent care and… Read more »

New Bill Would Make Affordable Child Care a Reality for All Families

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017.”  This legislation would greatly assist millions of families in gaining access to quality and affordable care. Child care plays an important role in the economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500… Read more »

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