We have a new Congress ahead of us, and we must do everything we can to get them started on the right foot for young children and their families.

These first few weeks will serve as a critical test of the strength of our community and our allies in Washington. As you know, the battles over funding for FY 2011 are still not settled. After several temporary funding measures, Congress will have to act again before March 4, when the last continuing resolution (CR) they passed will expire.

We need you to take a moment today to call the White House at 1-202-456-1111 and urge the administration to protect, sustain, and maintain critical funding for early childhood programs.

The administration has supported increased investments in early childhood. Now, families and children are depending on this funding, which is at immediate risk because the new House leadership is calling for deep budget cuts. With your help, and the continued support of the White House, we’ll make sure decision makers can’t ignore these families and children.

Please call 1-202-456-1111 today. In the message you leave, ask them to:

  • Protect funding for child care, Head Start, and Early Head Start to help us build a smarter, healthier, and stronger America.
  • Sustain the $1 billion funding for Head Start/Early Head Start as well as the $1 billion funding for child care during FY 2011.
  • Maintain these levels into FY 2012.

Make the call and pass this along to your networks! Due to the large number of calls we’re generating, if you have trouble getting through to the comment line, please hang up and dial 1-202-456-1111 again until you’re able to leave a message.

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