09.16.14

House Passes Child Care & Development Block Grant Program

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the House passed legislation to improve and reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act.  The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act, originally enacted as part of welfare reform of 1996, provides funds to states to promote self-sufficiency for low-income families seeking child care while a parent works or is in an educational or job training program. 

“I want to thank Chairman Kline for his leadership while working with us on this bipartisan legislation,” said Senator Richard Burr. “I also want to thank the rest of my House colleagues who shared in the vision that Senator Mikulski and I had over three years ago for this legislation -- that kids could have safer environments in which to stay while their parents worked and taxpayers did not continue to subsidize providers who created unsafe settings and threatened their well-being. It has been a long time coming, but I’m proud we have reached this point.  I hope the Senate will swiftly agree to this legislation.”

The text of the bill is available here and the press release on the bipartisan, bicameral agreement here.