National Call-In Day May 18

May 15, 2017

It's time for a call-in day to Congress while there still time to let them know that we need to prioritize child care funding in the FY 2018 budget.

Sure, we made modest increases in the remainder of the FY 2017 budget, but it won’t be enough to cover the mandates coming down from reauthorization of 2014’s Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG).

Without an additional $1.4 billion above FY 2017 spending, families will start losing access to critical child care subsidies. Already, children eligible for subsidized care are not receiving it. We can’t afford to cut any more children and families off from this important developmental resource at such an important time.

Join Child Care Aware® of America, the National Women’s Law Center, and other organizations in calling in to Congress this Thursday, May 18 for another national call-in day!

Let’s give our elected officials a friendly reminder that children and working families are the backbone of this country, and they need our support - that includes all programs that support child care, whether it's on campus, after school, or for our very youngest learners.

How You Can Help

Step 1: Dial 202-224-3121 and ask the operator to be connected to your Senator’s office.

Step 2: Use the following script:

“Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent. I urge the Senator to ask for a $1.4 Billion increase in CCDBG before the Senate Appropriations request deadline because child care helps parents work and children get the good start they need.”

[If you have any additional comments, you can add them here]

Step 3: Hang up and encourage your friends and family to call their Senators too!

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, News

Chrisi West

Written by Chrisi West

Chrisi has more than 11 years of experience in advocacy (grassroots and digital) through her work for nonprofits, and on candidate and issues organizing campaigns in Virginia and at the national level. She joined Child Care Aware of America in March 2015 and has supported the work of Child Care Aware of America on communications, digital organizing, and now as the director of advocacy, empowering CCR&Rs and family advocates to take action on child care and early childhood education.