notes from Amy
BIG NEWS from Washington DC! As you may have heard, Congress reached a bipartisan deal on the federal budget, which President Trump signed. The agreement includes major funding increases for programs that affect children and families. The budget doubles funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant— an increase that would allow states to serve 230,000 more children, including 4,780 here in Massachusetts. There is also good news for Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, community health centers, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Read more here.
This historic investment in young children and families reminds us how critical advocacy is and how important it is to build relationships and to never, never, never give up.
We are grateful to our delegation from Massachusetts – US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, and US Representatives
Michael Capuano, Katherine Clark, Bill Keating, Joe Kennedy III, Stephen Lynch, Jim McGovern, Seth Moulton, Richard Neal, and Niki Tsongas. THANK YOU for your leadership.
While we celebrate this victory, we must now focus on opportunities in Massachusetts. Governor Baker released his budget proposal for Fiscal year 2019 and members the MA House of Representatives and Senate are working on their proposals. NOW is the time to contact your legislators and ask them to support early education!
More good news – preschool expansion legislation, An Act ensuring high quality early education (H.2874), was reported favorably by committee and referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. Stay tuned for more information and opportunities to advocate.
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It’s shaping up to be an exciting year!