Casey Peeks

Casey Peeks
Casey is currently the Federal Policy Analyst at Child Care Aware of America. Before joining CCAoA, Casey was an education policy fellow on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Casey also taught kindergarten for four years in Missouri and California.

Recent Posts

Congressional Child Care Champions Release Bold Legislative Proposals

By Casey Peeks on June 25, 2021

The past year showed just how essential child care is to the country and our economy. As the world reopens and parents return to work, policymakers are realizing that it is not sufficient to restore the child care sector to where it was prior to the pandemic.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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How does the American Rescue Plan help child poverty?

By Casey Peeks on April 09, 2021


In the same way that the pandemic exacerbated the cracks in our child care system, COVID-19 also exacerbated the inequities that exist in our country and for children living in poverty. Data from the Children’s Defense Fund shows that children are the poorest age group in America, with nearly 1 in 6 children, about 11.9 million, living in poverty in 2018. Additionally, the youngest children tend to be the poorest and 73% of children living in poverty are children of color.

The good news is that change is coming. Earlier this month, Congress passed and the President signed into law the American Rescue Plan (ARP), a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Topics: Systems Building, Professional Development, Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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Child Care Aware® of America Supports the Raise the Wage Act

By Casey Peeks on February 25, 2021

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) recently joined over 300 local, state and national organizations in support of the Raise the Wage Act of 2021.

The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 would:

  • Incrementally raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and
  • After 2025, adjust the minimum wage each year to keep with growth in the median wage.

Topics: Workforce, Professional Development, Policy & Advocacy, News

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What President Biden's American Rescue Plan Could Mean for Child Care

By Casey Peeks on January 27, 2021

Earlier this month, President Biden announced the details of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan. The proposal provides emergency relief to families and businesses during the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan includes executive actions the President quickly implemented after taking office. The Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide guidance for child care programs to safely reopen and operate. HHS will also provide guidance to assist child care programs in meeting the needs of children, families and staff affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on trauma-informed care, behavioral and mental health supports and family support.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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Updates Made to the HEROES Act

By Casey Peeks on October 13, 2020

Momentum in support of child care relief continues to grow in Congress. Last week, the House of Representatives passed an updated version of the HEROES Act, which includes $57 billion in emergency funding for child care  $50 billion for child care stabilization grants and $7 billion in emergency funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant Program (CCDBG).  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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What the House's FY2021 Funding Includes for Child Care

By Casey Peeks on September 01, 2020

While Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) focuses our advocacy efforts on the immediate need for emergency stabilization funds for the child care industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual funding, or appropriations, process continues.  

Last month, the House of Representatives passed the FY2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill that includes funding increases for federal early learning and care programs. This funding would kick in on October 1, 2020.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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