Thank you for passing a much-needed funding increase for early care and learning

I want to send a short note of thanks for passing an Omnibus bill that includes a $2.37 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant compared to FY 2017, an 83 percent increase, and the largest single-year increase in the program's history. It also includes a $610 million increase for Head Start and a $115 million increase for Early Head Start Expansion and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships grants. This doubles appropriations for child care, providing a much needed funding increase to improve the quality and safety of child care programs, increase provider reimbursement rates, and ensure health and safety standards are met. 

California is expected to receive $250 million new funds, which will go towards assisting care givers, families and children. Thank you!