Statement from YMCA of the USA Chief Government Affairs Officer Neal Denton on Senate HELP Committee Passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013

Bill will help ensure funding for safe, affordable, quality early learning and out-of-school-time programs for low-income families

WASHINGTON (Sept. 25, 2013) – YMCA of the USA commends the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee for passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2013 on September 18, 2013. We especially applaud Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) for their bipartisan efforts to reauthorize this vital legislation in support of low-income families and their children.

CCDBG is the primary federal funding source for child care, which provides subsidies to help families secure child care so that parents can work or pursue education or training opportunities. Committee passage of this bill not only validates the importance of CCDBG, but also advances program updates to improve the quality of child care, and to protect children by establishing health and safety standards and requiring mandatory background checks.

As a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility, the Y is committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen. In support of this mission, we strongly believe that children and their parents should have access to quality early learning and out-of-school time opportunities. We are proud to operate quality early childhood, afterschool, and summer programs in YMCAs across the country.

CCDBG enables a great number of families to participate in our programs, which offer parents a safe, nurturing environment for their children to learn and develop social, emotional, and academic skills.

It is our hope that this bill, which hasn’t been reauthorized since 1996, will continue to move through Congress and be signed into law. The families of more than 1.5 million children count on CCDBG to help make child care more affordable, to support them as they work or participate in job training or education programs, and to promote healthy child development by improving the quality of child care.

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