May 19, 2022

Tell Congress How Essential Early Childhood Funding Is!

Historic federal funding for the early childhood sector has been under discussion since the initial draft of Build Back Better (BBB) was released in the fall of 2021. As Congress has scaled back the initial BBB proposal in an effort to pass components of it, the early childhood funding is at risk of being left behind. Earlier this week, Senators Patty Murray (WA) and Tim Kaine (VA) released a new proposal to be included in the reconciliation package. While the overall level of funding has been scaled back it will still be historic and impact the lives of one million children. And there are significant changes from BBB:

  • The majority of the funding significantly invests in the existing Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) which supports state child-care subsidy programs, tripling existing funding levels which currently only serve 11% of eligible children.
  • Establish a new pilot program for states to match federal dollars to expand child care assistance to middle-income families.
  • Expand access to high-quality preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.

While this is a shift from what was originally envisioned, it is still essential funding that likely will not ever be realized if it does not get incorporated into this reconciliation package. Please contact your Senators today to let them know you support this historic investment in children.

Talking Points

  • Give your name and where you live so they know you are a constituent
  • Tell them your role as it relates to early childhood education (I’m a teacher/ I’m a parent/ I run a school that serves 3&4 year olds etc.)
  • Tell them something about the importance of early childhood education from your experience (eg Each year in the classroom I see how a quality early childhood care and education supports the growth and development of young children OR Every week I see the ways that preschool benefits my child. Include a brief illustrative story if you have one.)
  • Urge them to unite behind Senator Murray and Senator Kaine‚Äôs new proposal and include a $200 billion investment for early education and care in a final reconciliation bill

Sample Tweet

We need investment for the early ed and care sector! I urge you (@SENATEOFFICIAL) to include a $200 billion investment for early education and care in a final reconciliation bill.