Tell Congress to Support the Child Care and Development Block Grant

18 November 2016 Written by  

com utah congressional district map utah govThe Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) is the primary source of federal funding to help increase the health, safety, and quality of child care and make child care assistance a more stable support for families. Quality child care enables parents to work or go to school while providing their children with safe and enriching environments where they can learn and thrive. Because of the CCDBG, thousands of hardworking Utah families have access to high-quality child care for their kids.

Congress is currently considering an Appropriations Bill that would increase funding for the CCDBG. We do not know as of today whether Congress will complete a bill this session, but what we do know is that we need an increase of $1.2 billion in CCDBG funds in order to ensure that no additional children lose child care assistance. We also know that Congress is working right now to decide on how to proceed with the Appropriations Bill.

It is absolutely critical to keep the importance of increasing funding for child care before the Congress as we move forward, and to do that we need your help. So today we are asking you to please contact your representative in Congress to ask that the 2017 Appropriations Bill include a $1.2 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant.

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For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities.

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tess 300x450Tess Davis, Senior Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2015. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, she worked with the legislative policy team at Breathe Utah, where she spent the 2015 General Session advocating for clean air. She earned her BA in German Language & Literature from Willamette University in Oregon, and her JD from the University of Tulsa College of Law, gaining valuable clinical experience through her work with the Immigrant Rights Project legal clinic. Prior to law school, she taught English as a Second Language in Utah, Texas, and Honduras. As a former teacher and a native Utahn, she looks forward to continued opportunities to help improve quality of life for children across the state.