Ask Your Representative to Attend the Congressional Baby Caucus Briefing on December 4
The Congressional Baby Caucus briefing will take place on Wednesday, December 4 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST. Please take a moment to invite your U.S. Representative to attend the briefing. Enter your information below to get started.
Urge Your Members of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Strong Start for America’s Children Act!
Thanks to the bipartisan leadership of Senator Tom Harkin and Representatives George Miller and Richard Hanna, the Strong Start for America's Children Act has been introduced. In addition to a new federal-state partnership for Pre-K, this Act would help ensure that more babies have good health, strong families, and positive early learning experiences by:
- Giving Early Head Start programs – whose benefits to early development have been proven by rigorous research – the ability to reach more eligible children through innovative partnerships with child care programs to improve quality.
- Allowing states to use 15% of their Pre-K funding to provide high-quality child care settings for infants and toddlers to help prevent the learning gap and ensure they are on-track when they get to Pre-K.
- Endorsing the expansion of evidence-based home visiting programs that have been shown to have a range of positive impacts on parenting and early development.
While we need to celebrate this important step in early learning, we also need to remember that many services that help supply the ingredients that babies need to thrive – like developmental support through Early Head Start and stable and adequate housing – were cut by the sequester (across the board cuts) of FY 2013 funds. Right now the Congressional Budget Committees are negotiating how to address the sequester cuts as well as the possibility of new investments in measures such as early learning to help secure future economic prosperity.
We need to urge Members of Congress to support a budget agreement that rolls back the sequester and includes significant new investments in early learning AND to signal their support for the youngest learners by cosponsoring the Strong Start for America’s Children Act. Enter your information below to send an email to your Members of Congress!