In This Issue
Education and Childcare
"As our nation continues to look at how best to create jobs, how best
to sustain jobs and how best to support high-paying jobs, we must look at how best to educate the children
who will make up tomorrow's workforce."
Sen. Barbara Mikulski
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for Safe, Affordable & Accessible Child Care and Education Families Can Count On
I believe that in America, education is one of the most important rungs on the opportunity ladder. That
journey starts with safe child care that helps give our kids the greatest chance at success, includes
K-12 education families can count on, and leads to accessible and affordable higher education. Thats
why Im fighting for three important pieces of legislation to help families from child care to college.
Child Care Development Block Grant
This month I introduced a bipartisan bill to refresh and reform the Child Care Development Block Grant
(CCDBG) program. This crucial program helps ensure access to quality, affordable child care for working-class
families, supporting more than 1.6 million children each month. As a social worker, Ive seen the
impact that quality care has on children and families. It helps working parents keep working, it helps
parents who are in school stay in school, and it is supposed to ensure that children are in safe environments
that support their physical, emotional and cognitive development.
We now know that its not simply enough to provide children with a place to go, we must ensure
that the place they go is a safe environment that helps support their overall development and prepares
them for school. Thats why my bill focuses on quality improvements for child care programs, training
and professional development of the child care workforce, and ensuring that parents have more information
about child care programs and providers. Further, my bill will give parents peace of mind knowing that
their child is safe by requiring mandatory background checks for child care providers and ensuring that
CCDBG providers meet certain health and safety requirements.
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
This week, the Senate HELP committee passed the Strengthening Americas Schools Act, a bill I cosponsored
to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replace the failed tenets of No
Child Left Behind. The bill provides a framework to get all children to graduate from high school with
the knowledge and skills needed for success in college and a career. It does this by supporting teachers
and principals to help provide high-quality instruction, ensuring disadvantaged students get the support
they need to succeed, and focusing federal attention on supporting states and districts in turning around
low-performing schools and closing achievement gaps.
Stafford Student Loan Rates
And I believe that part of the American dream is access to an affordable college education.
Just last week, I voted to stop federal Stafford student loan rates from doubling on July 1st, from
3.4 to 6.8 percent. Thats an average hike of $1,000 for more than 105,000 Maryland students. This
fully paid-for legislation will help middle class families who are being squeezed by rising tuition costs.
This bill is being filibustered in the Senate. Ill keep voting for it because when students graduate,
their first mortgage shouldnt be their student debt.
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Washington, DC 20510
Senator Mikulski In Action
Passage of Bill to Prepare All Children for Success and Fix "No Child Left Behind"
Bill to Prevent Rate Hike on Student Loans
Bipartisan Reauthorization of Child Care and Development Block Grant to Help American Families Access
Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care
Which Requires Comprehensive Background Checks for Child Care Providers
Bill to Help Parents get Information on High-Quality Local Child Care
New HHS Rule on Children's Dental Health
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National"Center for Education Statistics
Fast Facts About Maryland Schools
* Number of Schools: 1,475
* Number of Students: 848,412
* Number of Teachers: 58,235
* Pupil / Teacher Ratio: 14.5
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