From PathWays PA (http://www.pathwayspa.org):
Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the 2013 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. This bill includes the funding for most child welfare and related programs.
The Senate bill includes small but important funding increases for a number of programs critical to vulnerable children and families.
- $70 million increase for Head Start
- $160 million increase for the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) designed to both improve quality and expand access
- $51 million increase for the Race to the Top program with an accompanying focus on early childhood care and education
- $20 million increase for Promise Neighborhoods, a program designed to support local efforts to fight poverty and improve educational outcomes for children in high-risk neighborhoods
- $5 million in additional IV-B training funds to prevent domestic child sex trafficking and improve services for victims of trafficking by training and building capacity in organizations that have direct contact wit h youth at-risk of sex trafficking
Next, the bill will have to be considered by the full Senate. The House will also have to take action on this bill but a timeline of when they will is not yet clear.
If you would like to support these programs please contact our Senators and your Representative and ask them to do so. Find their contact information in the following locations:
- Senator Robert Casey: http://casey.senate.gov (NOTE: Senator Casey has a toll-free number—(866) 802-2833)
- Senator Pat Toomey: http://toomey.senate.gov
- Your Representative: http://www.house.gov
From our friends at CWLA.