BILL TO MAKE INFANT/TODDLER SET ASIDE PART OF CCDBG STATUTE
For years, the Appropriations Committees of Congress have provided additional funds to help improve child care for infants and toddlers through the Child Care & Development Block Grant (CCDBG). On July 25th, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced a bill (S. 3436), co-sponsored by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), to make that part of the CCDBG statute. States would have flexibility on which of the following types of improvements they spend the funds: 1) Using high-quality child care centers as a resource to other providers in neighborhoods and communities to improve early care and development services to low-income infants and toddlers; 2) Creating networks of family child care providers with staff who give them support in delivering quality services; 3) Helping providers serving low-income families move up the quality ladder; 4) Using networks of infant-toddler specialists around the state to provide hands-on training, coaching, and assistance to increase providers’ understanding of how to support the development of infants and toddlers; and 5) Developing components that recognize the unique developmental needs of infants and toddlers in quality improvement systems, licensing regulations, and voluntary early learning guidelines. NAEYC was pleased to work with Senator Franken and ZERO TO THREE, National Women’s Law Center and the Center for Law & Social Policy to shape this bill for introduction.