Quality, Affordable Child Care


2013-09-24 11:37:47
<mikulski.senate.gov/systemimages/mikulski-header1.jpg> SEPTEMBER 2013 In This Issue Early Education Childcare Useful Links Fast Facts ". . . the most rapid period of development for the brain happens in the first five years of life. That�s why it�s so imperative that we ensure our young children are in high-quality child care programs." Sen. Barbara Mikulski From My Website Home <mikulski.senate.gov/index.cfm> Press Releases <mikulski.senate.gov/media/press_releases.cfm> On the Issues <mikulski.senate.gov/issues/> Constituent Services <mikulski.senate.gov/constituentservices/> About Maryland <mikulski.senate.gov/aboutmaryland/> Quality Child Care for Every Working Family <www.youtube.com/watch Every working parent with children, no matter their income level, worries about child care. What�s affordable? What�s accessible? Will my child be safe? Where can I get the very best care for my kid? That�s why for the past year and a half, I�ve been working to refresh and reform federal childcare legislation. For seventeen years, the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) has helped provide access to quality and affordable child care for low- and moderate-income working families � including 14,700 Maryland families and 24,400 kids! After three committee hearings, expert testimony, and input from parents and childcare providers, I�m pleased that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has passed my bill to reauthorize CCDBG. It�s an honest to goodness bipartisan bill that I introduced with my colleagues Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that will improve child care for families across Maryland and across the country. We�ve learned a lot since CCDBG was first created in 1996. We know that child care can and should be constructed in a way that benefits both parent and child, allowing parents to go to work or school, and giving kids the building blocks to be successful in their lives. It is not enough to simply ensure that kids have someplace to go. We must also ensure that it is safe, nurtures their development, challenges their mind and prepares them for school. This legislation provides new protections and common-sense regulations, while not strangulating providers that so many working families rely on. It requires that CCDBG providers meet certain health requirements including First Aid and CPR certification, child abuse prevention, food allergy emergency response, prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and shaken baby syndrome and emergency response planning. This bill will also require mandatory background checks for CCDBG providers, so parents can be sure their child is cared for in a safe environment. And it ensures children in the program can get care for at least a year, even if their parent sees changes in working status or income. The CCDBG program is supposed to give parents peace of mind. And for many families over many years, it has. But we can and should be doing more to improve child care for children, parents and providers alike. It is long past time to revitalize, refresh and reform this vitally important program.

 


SEPTEMBER 2013

In This Issue
Early Education
Childcare
Useful Links
Fast Facts


". . .  the most rapid period of development for the brain happens in the first five years of life. That’s why it’s so imperative that we ensure our young children are in high-quality child care programs."

Sen. Barbara Mikulski


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Press" Releases
On"the Issues
Constituent" Services
About"Maryland

Quality Child Care for Every Working Family  

Every working parent with children, no matter their income level, worries about child care. What’s affordable? What’s accessible? Will my child be safe? Where can I get the very best care for my kid?

That’s why for the past year and a half, I’ve been working to refresh and reform federal childcare legislation. For seventeen years, the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) has helped provide access to quality and affordable child care for low- and moderate-income working families – including 14,700 Maryland families and 24,400 kids!

After three committee hearings, expert testimony, and input from parents and childcare providers, I’m pleased that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has passed my bill to reauthorize CCDBG. It’s an honest to goodness bipartisan bill that I introduced with my colleagues Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) that will improve child care for families across Maryland and across the country.

We’ve learned a lot since CCDBG was first created in 1996. We know that child care can and should be constructed in a way that benefits both parent and child, allowing parents to go to work or school, and giving kids the building blocks to be successful in their lives. It is not enough to simply ensure that kids have someplace to go. We must also ensure that it is safe, nurtures their development, challenges their mind and prepares them for school.

This legislation provides new protections and common-sense regulations, while not strangulating providers that so many working families rely on.

It requires that CCDBG providers meet certain health requirements including First Aid and CPR certification, child abuse prevention, food allergy emergency response, prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and shaken baby syndrome and emergency response planning.

This bill will also require mandatory background checks for CCDBG providers, so parents can be sure their child is cared for in a safe environment. And it ensures children in the program can get care for at least a year, even if their parent sees changes in working status or income.

The CCDBG program is supposed to give parents peace of mind. And for many families over many years, it has. But we can and should be doing more to improve child care for children, parents and providers alike. It is long past time to revitalize, refresh and reform this vitally important program.


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Fast Facts About the CCDBG and Maryland Schools

* CCDBG serves more than 1.6 million children every month
* In Maryland for fiscal year 2011, 14,700 families were served – including 24,400 kids
* Number of Schools: 1,475
* Number of Students: 848,412
* Number of Teachers: 58,235
* Pupil / Teacher Ratio: 14.5



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