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Speak Up for School-Age in WA's Child Care Development Fund Plan

by School's Out Washington |

The Washington State Department of Early Learning (DEL) is seeking input on their proposed 2019-2021 Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Plan, the primary source of federal funding for child care subsidies for low-income working families and funds to improve child care quality. 

CCDF funds provide access to child care, growth opportunities for providers, supports to child care programs to achieve higher standards, and resources to help families find child care that meets their needs. School-age children make up over 36% of the total receiving child care subsidies, however, school-age child care does not receive this same percentage of resources to support providers.  
 
The good news, you have a chance to weigh in on the proposed DEL plan and make sure that school-age care is represented and our voices are loud and clear that the need for ample, quality care for children does not stop once they start kindergarten.  We need to ensure that quality expanded learning programs are supported with a seamless system spanning the school-age years. 

Here are a list of ways to share your feedback and get involved:

 

1. Attend an upcoming public hearing (Spanish interpretation will be available and other languages per request) at one of the following locations. More information on all of the public meetings can be found on DEL’s Facebook page:
  • April 14, 2018, 2 PM - 4 PM: Tukwila Community Center, Meeting Room A
  • April 28, 2018, 3 PM - 5 PM: Whatcom Community College, Foundation Building, Room FND
  • May 12, 2018, 1 PM - 3 PM: Heritage University, Smith Family Hall, Room 2388
  • May 19, 2018, 1 PM - 3 PM: Clark College, Gaiser Hall, Conference Room 213
2. Participate in a webinar meeting

3. Comment on the CCDF Plan on DEL's website

Below are some key talking points to help make our case: Contact David Beard, SOWA’s Policy & Advocacy Director, with any questions or to find out more about school-age child care and the CCDF Plan.

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