Courtesy of NAEYC

Children's Champions Update

Summer is a great time for relaxing, swimming, and catching up with friends and family; of course, it's also a great time for Congressional hearings, organizational resources, and new campaigns.

What is Congress up to these days?

There are two important hearings in the House of Representatives happening on Thursday, July 13:

1.      At 10:00 am, the House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education is holding a hearing about "opportunities for state leadership of early childhood programs." You'll be able to watch it live here.

2.      Six and a half hours later, the FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill is scheduled to be marked up in subcommittee.

It's critical that the Appropriations Committee members hear from you!

·         Dial Senator Crapo: (202) 224-6142

·         Once you're connected, tell the staff person who answers the phone: "Hi, my name is _______ and I'm a constituent of Senator Crapo. I hope my Representative will support a significant increase in C-C-D-B-G, because child care is so important to helping children get the good start that they need, while helping their parents go to work. Thank you."


On the other side of Capitol Hill, Republican Senators are working on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office says that, by 2026, the bill will cause 22 million people to lose health coverage overall, including 15 million people losing Medicaid. A recent analysis found that would include over four million children.

We hope you will ask Senator Crapo (202) 224-6142 and Senator Risch (202) 224-2752 to #ProtectOurCare and reject cuts that are critical to our nation's support for our current and future workforce, and the health and well-being of the families, schools, and communities in which our children are cared for and educated.