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Coalition Letter Requesting Additional Funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant For Fiscal Year 2003
10/9/2002

Dear Senator:

As Congress approaches its adjournment, millions of low-income working families are still waiting for your help with child care. Currently, only 1 in 7 children eligible for help through the Child Care and Development Block Grant gets it. More than 20 states maintain waiting lists for assistance of thousands of children or do not allow working poor families even to apply for child care assistance. Congress must not adjourn without enacting at least a $1 billion per year increase in child care funding on any extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) programs.

Child care assistance is integral to any effort to move families from welfare to work and to help low-income families stay employed. Parents cannot go to work each day without safe, reliable care for their children. Yet growing state budget gaps have forced states to cut child care programs for low-income working families. Cutbacks also threaten efforts to protect the health and safety of children; investments to bolster the quality of care; and programs for infants, toddlers, prekindergarten children and school-age children. Without additional federal funds, the outlook for children and their working parents is bleak.

Please do not neglect the child care needs of working families. It is essential to provide an increase in the CCDBG of no less than $1 billion a year. This increase is critical to help working families who are playing by the rules and struggling to pay child care costs.

Sincerely,


9 to 5, National Association of Working Women
Afterschool Alliance
Alliance for Children and Families
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
American Federation of Teachers
American Jewish Congress Commission for Women’s Equality
Associated Early Care and Education, Inc.
Business and Professional Women/USA
Center for Women Policy Studies
Child Welfare League of America
Children's Defense Fund
Children’s Foundation
The Coalition on Human Needs
Community Childcare Connections, Inc.
Community Coordinated Child Care, Inc.
Council for Exceptional Children
Council for Professional Recognition
Country Child Care Center, Inc.
Early Childhood Policy Research
Easter Seals
The Episcopal Church, USA
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Federally Employed Women, Inc.
Food Research and Action Center
Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America
Kids Are Us Child Development Center, LLC
Lutheran Services in America
Mennonite Central Committee
The National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for Regulatory Administration
National Association of Child Advocates
National Black Child Development Institute
National Black Police Association
National Child Care Association
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers
National Council of Jewish Women
National Education Association
National Head Start Association
National Indian Child Care Association
National Network for Youth
National Organization for Women
National Partnership for Women and Families
National Puerto Rican Coalition
National Women’s Law Center
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Quality Care for Children, Inc.
School’s Out Washington
Stand for Children
Teaching Strategies, Inc.
Union of American Hebrew Congregations
United Cerebral Palsy Association
United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Missionaries
USA Child Care
Volunteers of America
Welfare Law Center
Women Employed
Women of Reform Judaism, The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods
Women’s Missionary Society/AME Church
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