Senate Reaches Deal to Double CCDBG Funding and Extend MIECHV
Big news for infant-toddler advocates as your hard work is paying off! Earlier today, Senate leadership reached a bipartisan budget deal that will lift the sequester spending caps for non-defense discretionary funding and provide an additional $5.8 billion to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) over two years ($2.9 billion per year), doubling current funding levels.
But the good news for babies doesn’t end there! The deal also includes five years of funding ($400 million/year) for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program, which expired last October. It also extends CHIP for an additional four years, and reauthorizes the Community Health Centers—where 1.5 million babies get their health care—for two years. Thanks to every Big Voice for Little Kids who reached out to Members of Congress to insist that they invest in these crucial programs -- and in America’s babies. Your hard work and advocacy is paying off for our youngest children, our families, and America’s future.
This is a huge victory for babies, but our work is not over yet. Once the budget deal is passed by the Senate, it will still need to be passed by the House of Representatives and signed into law by President Trump. Stay tuned for next steps to push this over the finish line – and take a moment to celebrate this win with families across the country!