Last week, President Biden unveiled a final framework for the Build Back Better Act that includes $400 billion dollars invested in child care and preschool.
Please sign onto this letter to support the Build Back Better child care and early learning investments by Monday, November 1 at NOON.
This legislation will:
• Provide universal and free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, the largest expansion of universal and free education since states and communities across the country established public high school 100 years ago. This investment will enable states to expand access to free preschool for more than 6 million children per year and increase the quality of preschool for many more children who are already enrolled. Importantly, parents will be able to send children to high-quality preschool in the setting of their choice – from public schools to child care providers to Head Start.
• Make the largest investment in child care in the nation’s history, saving most working American families more than half of their spending on child care. For eligible families who want to participate this means access to affordable, high-quality child care in a setting that best meets their needs. The framework will help states expand access to about 20 million children per year – covering 9 out of 10 families across the country with young children. For far too long, the child care system has been subsidized by the passion of the workforce. This legislation and funding will pave the way for substantial investments in educator compensation and see that providers are reimbursed for the true cost of providing high-quality care.
Read more about the framework here.
Here at Strategies for Children, we’d like to thank President Biden, the Massachusetts congressional delegation and leaders who have prioritized and protected early learning and care as a cornerstone of the Build Back Better Act over the past few months – but our work isn’t done.
To learn more, please join our partners for a discussion of the Build Back Better framework, including information about the proposed child care entitlement and the universal pre-kindergarten program. The discussion will cover next steps and how to make this legal action meaningful for children and families across the country. The webinar — The New Federal Investment: A Child Care Entitlement, Universal Pre-k, and What Next? — will be held on Tuesday November 2, 2021, from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m. It will be recorded and interpreted in Spanish. Please register here.
Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance. Now is the time to make systemic change!