In This Issue
". . . the most rapid period of development for the brain happens in
the first five years of life. Thats why its so imperative that we ensure our young children
are in high-quality child care programs."
Sen. Barbara Mikulski
From My Website
Quality Child Care
for Every Working Family
Every working parent with children, no matter their income level, worries about child care. Whats
affordable? Whats accessible? Will my child be safe? Where can I get the very best care for my
Thats why for the past year and a half, Ive 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, Im
pleased that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has passed my bill to
reauthorize CCDBG. Its 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.
Weve 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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Senator Mikulski In Action
Mikulski"Announces HELP Committee
Passage of Bipartisan Reauthorization of Child Care and Development Block Grant to Help American Families
Access Safe, Affordable, Quality Child Care
Passage of Bill to Prepare All Children for Success and Fix "No Child Left Behind"
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
Other Useful Links
National"Center for Education Statistics
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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