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. Congress has not yet completed the work on federal funding for FY17. Programs and departments are operating under a Continuing Resolution until April 28, 2017. 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

A Budget Proposal from the Administration 

On March 16, the President released a "skinny" budget proposal - "skinny" because it is just a portion of the whole federal budget. More will be released in the spring. 

Read NAFCC's summary of the FY18 budget proposal. 

The budget proposal is important because it explains the priorities of the Administration. Congress will make the final decisions and we have a lot of work ahead! 

We must preserve funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) so that all children can learn and thrive in a safe and healthy environment and parents can go to work. Investments in CCDBG are crucial for meeting the needs of low-income working families and their children.  Investments are also needed for supporting, recognizing, and building the supply of high-quality family child care. 

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