Your emails, tweets, other social media posts, and phone calls made a difference for many young children and families!
Congress passed a bipartisan supported FY 18 spending bill that the President signed which means the government is funded through the end of the fiscal year (9/30/18). This spending bill included the following:]
A $11.4 million increase for Part C of IDEA
A $12.8 million increase for Part B Sec 619 of IDEA
A $610 million increase for Head Start ($115 million of that for Early Head Start that will be used for Early Head Start expansion or Early Head Start/child care partnerships
A $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (the largest in history!)
A $35 million increase for CCAMPIS that funds child care for mothers in college
A $20 million increase for 21st Century Community Learning Centers which supports after school programs
Flat funding for Preschool Development Grants at $250 million
Help Spread the Word and Thank Your Members of Congress!
Get your Twitter action going by using and adapting these sample tweets:
What are you doing today? We are celebrating the increased funding for Part C & Part B Sec 619 of IDEA #ECEWins
We are celebrating that Congress passed a bill that will expand support for young children with disabilities and special needs. #ChildCareNOW #ChildCare4All#ECEWins
This week, Congress increased funding for child care, Head Start, care for young children with disabilities, and after school care! #ECEWins#ChildCare4All #ChildCareNOW
Today, we are celebrating the BIGGEST increase in child care funding in history! #ChildCare4All #ChildCareNOW
This week, Congress increased funding for #childcare AND #HeadStart. Children, families, and educators will benefit. And when #ECEWins, we all win! #ChildCare4All