NAEYC Children's Champions
August 16, 2010
Congress is on August recess. The Senate will come back into session on September 13th, and the House will return September 14th.
FEDERAL INTERAGENCY POLICY BOARD ANNOUNCED
At a summit sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Education for state and local grantees of federal children's programs, the Secretaries announced a newly established federal Early Learning Interagency Policy Board . The Board's mission is to create alignment across children's programs in the two agencies, in a sense formalizing the interagency work that has been ongoing over the last year and a half. To read the statement, please go to www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/08/20100803a.html. To learn more about the summit, please go to www.earlychildhood2010.org
NACCRRA RELEASES UPDATED REPORT ON THE HIGH COST OF CHILD CARE
It is well known, but worth re-stating, that the cost of child care is a significant portion of families budgets. According to NACCRRA's update, "The average center-based child care fees for an infant exceeded the average annual amount that families spent on food in every region of the United States. Monthly child care fees for two children at any age exceeded the median monthly rent cost, and were nearly as high, or even higher than, the average monthly mortgage payment in every state." The report is available at www.naccrra.org/publications/naccrra-publications/parents-and-the-high-cost-of-child-care.php
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