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Letter to Congress

Signed a Letter to Congress

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On March 19, 2020, the Southwest Ohio AEYC Board of Directors signed on to an advocacy letter that was sent to Congress. This letter was signed by over 600 organizations, representing all states and DC. During the unprecedented times of the COVID-19 crisis, Southwest Ohio AEYC was working to advocate for all early childhood professionals, children, and families.

The goal of this letter was to "request significant attention to and investment in the child care and early learning sector as Congress works to craft a third COVID-19 economic relief package." The letter included key findings from the national survey conducted by NAEYC which found that:

  • nationally, 30% [of early childhood programs] say they would not survive a closure of more than two weeks without significant public investment and support;
  • another 16% would not survive longer than a month;
  • and only 11% of programs are confident they could survive a closure of an indeterminate length without support.

The letter implored Congress to support the following eight (8) critical priorities:

  1. Prioritize any new SBA Disaster Grants and ensure that any grants would include eligibility for licensed and licensed-exempt child care providers (including home-based, center-based, non-profit, tribal, and for-profit).
  2. In any pending or future industry specific stimulus proposals, the unique needs of licensed and licensed-exempt child care providers, as essential pieces of the national infrastructure, must be considered.
  3. Provide funding to support child care programs that are being asked to remain open to serve essential and front-line workers in which the programs are provided additional funding to cover the increased risks, pay, and costs of maintaining services.
  4. Provide funding and authorization for Child Care Development Fund State Administrators to make grants to programs who are at risk of closing but are providing care in areas of high need such as first responders and health care.
  5. Significant funding to support the authorized flexibility included in the recently released guidelines from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).
  6. Provide additional funding for the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.
  7. Protect the health and well-being of child care workers and their families by strengthening supports for those who are impacted by Covid-19.
  8. Relieve the financial burden on states of increased health costs.

Southwest Ohio AEYC was proud to sign on to this letter that was sent to Congress.

Click here to read the full letter.

Ohio Team at PPF

2020 Public Policy Forum

Southwest Ohio Association for the Education of Young Children was excited to participate in the 2020 NAEYC Public Policy Forum!  Members of Southwest Ohio AEYC's Public Policy Committee joined members of Groundwork Ohio, Ohio AEYC, and other early childhood focused organizations to advocate in Washington, DC.