Take Action Today
Dear BCDI-Milwaukee Affiliate,
Will you join us? I am sending this message on behalf of our Vice-President of Policy, Cemeré James. Today, advocates across the country are flooding Congress with phone calls in support of increased investments in early learning in the upcoming appropriations bill.
We are calling because federal funds are an important piece of the child care/early learning funding puzzle. And without these critical funds, too many children, particularly those from low-income families, will not have the chance to participate in the high-quality early learning experiences that they need. This is important to ensure that children can succeed in school and parents can work to support their families.
So what are we asking for exactly? As a community, we are requesting increases of $1.2 billion in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), $435 million for Head Start and Early Head Start, $35 million for Preschool Grants, $45 million for Grants for Infants and Families, and $100 million for Preschool Development Grants.
Please take a few minutes to make three calls – one to your Representative and one to each of your Senators– before they move forward with the funding priorities in early June. To make sure we are heard, we need to flood Members of Congress with calls.
Here's how you can help:
Call the switchboard at 202-224-3121. Ask the operator to connect to one of your Members of Congress. Once you're connected to your first Member’s office, tell the person who answers the phone: "My name is _____ and I'm a constituent. I urge the Senator/Representative to support increased investments in early learning in the upcoming appropriations bill.”
Call the switchboard again (three times total!), ask to be connected with your other Member, and repeat step #2.
To look up the names of your Representative or Senators: visit www.house.gov and enter your zip code to find your Representative, and visit www.senate.gov and look up your state to find your two Senators.
Unfortunately, we know what will happen if we are not successful. Funding will fall short. Wait lists will get longer. Parents will struggle to get back to work without access to child care. Children will lose out without the early learning experiences that they need. Across the country, public officials, business leaders, law enforcement officials and others agree that investing in the early years is one of the wisest steps we can take as a country. But despite all this agreement, getting increased funding for these important programs will not be easy. That’s why it’s so important for Congress to hear from all of us – the people on the ground working and advocating for children and families.
Please take just a minute to call your Members of Congress to urge them to ensure more children get the early learning opportunities they need to succeed.
Thank you for everything you do!
PS – For more information about the appropriations requests, please check out the National Women’s Law Center’s coalition sign-on letter.
Georgia S. Thompson
Director, Affiliate Network and Training Institute
313 L Street NW, Suite 110
Washington, DC 20005