We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Change the first five years and you can change everything.
In the works is a groundbreaking plan for young children. And for our future.
Childcare Resources is proud to take part in the “Strong Start for Children Campaign” with Child Care Aware of America.
The proposed 2014 budget calls for remarkable new investments for early learning, as well as those who teach children.
What could change, you ask?
- increased funding to expand Pre-K programs, which would lead to more jobs
- increased standards for Pre-K programs, leading to
- better educated teachers receiving more high-quality training as well as higher salaries and better benefits;
- and lower child-staff ratios and smaller classes
- more accessibility to services for children with special needs, thereby increasing their chances of succeeding in life while decreasing their vulnerability to child abuse
- more voluntary home-visiting programs, which could lead to increased school readiness in children, stronger families, and a decrease in child abuse
Specifically, the proposed budget would benefit YOU and our service area. Childcare Resources has the potential to provide more supplemental child care assistance funding, as well as more high quality teacher training and technical assistance services.
We believe that the first five years of learning set the foundation for the future of each child’s life. Why is this important? Children are the future of our great country.
They are our leaders, our teachers, our doctors and researchers. They are the ones who will determine our care in our latter years.
Before us stands the possibility of doing a great deal of good, not only for our community now, but for our nation as a whole.
In fact, the recently introduced Senate bill S.1086, “The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013,” a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) for the first time in over 17 years, is already setting the way for higher standards. Under it, child care providers receiving federal funds would have to
- Receive health and safety training in specific areas
- Receive comprehensive background checks (including fingerprints, checks of the sex offender and child abuse registries)
- Receive on-site monitoring
Forgive us for asking, but do you see anything negative about this?
Today, June 5, 2013, is the Early Learning Day of Action.
We urge you to show your support for young children in the United States. Stand up for children, TODAY! Loudly and proudly!