Budget Action for Child Care and Early Learning

The federal government plays a crucial role in setting policy and investments for early care and education. States also make significant budget and policy choices that matter to family child care providers.

These decisions are not just about budgets lines and charts. This is about real children and families, and this is about you. This is about the work of licensing agencies, subsidy services for working families, and investing in the drive for high-quality child care - and all of this comes together in family child care homes across the country.

We will need to work together to make sure elected officials know the value of child care and early learning and the crucial role of family child care providers in meeting the needs of children and families.

2016 Action Recap

NAFCC, our members and our advocates around the country took action in 2016 urging Congress to invest in child care. Here's a look at where things stand for FY2017

2015 Action Recap

In 2015, NAFCC and child care advocates around the country urged Congress to lift the budget caps and invest in child care. And Congress did. Here’s how it all ended up for FY2016.

News You Can Use

Congress: Invest in Child Care

Unable to complete work on the Fiscal Year 2017 funding legislation, Congress extended their timeline to December 9 using what is called a Continuing Resolution (CR). They've extended again, and this time the CR has a deadline of April 28, 2017. Until then, funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Head Start will continue at current, FY16 levels - no increases, no changes, as our states and programs implement new policy and families continue to count on you. 

As this session of Congress winds down, we are also gearing up for the work ahead. Our federal and state advocacy will be crucial. In 2017, Congress will deal with the unfinished work of funding for FY2017, begin the plans for FY2018, navigate the work of the incoming Administration’s priorities, and negotiate policies that matter for children, families, and the family child care community. 

NAFCC summary of the decisions made so far for FY17 updated Dec. 2016

NAFCC fact sheet on investments needed in CCDBG and Head Start

Coalition letter to President-elect about investments needed for child care Dec. 2016

CCDBG and you


Knowing how the process works helps us to know when to take action to make a difference for children, families and family child care providers!  

Download NAFCC's handy guide to the federal budget process