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from CLASP

President Trump Wants to Help Working Families. But Which Families?
The United States is long overdue in embracing policies that would make it easier for working families to both do their jobs and care for their families. In his first speech to Congress, President Trump expressed his desire to make child care affordable and ensure new parents have access to paid family leave. Unfortunately, his campaign promises and proposals to-date do little to advance public policy in these areas and run counter to getting help to those who need it the most. Parents everywhere struggle to pay the high costs of child care but none more than the lowest-income earners. On average, low-income parents who pay for child care spend 30 percent of their household budget on child care expenses, compared to just 7 percent for higher-income families. The vast majority of low-income families-85 percent-who could qualify for federal child care assistance to help with the staggering costs of care get no help because state and federal governments have failed to invest sufficiently in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), our country's primary child care assistance program.

ADVOCACY: Congress is on Recess
President Trump and Congress have yet to finish this year's budget that provides funding for Head Start and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCBDG) programs. Together, let's make sure that Congress puts early childhood education as a top priority. These programs are at risk of being underfunded or reducing funds altogether, resulting in children losing access. Now that we have a new Administration and Congress, it's time for your voice to be heard on behalf of vulnerable children and families. Unfortunately, Congress does not view early childhood education as a top priority, putting these programs at risk of being underfunded or reducing funds altogether, resulting in children losing access. more


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