NWLC Applauds Bipartisan Vote to Increase Child Care & Early Learning Funding for FY2024 in Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Markup

Washington, DC – Today, The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) released a statement after the Senate Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee voted in a bipartisan fashion to increase funding by $1 billion over FY2023 levels for child care and early learning programs in the FY2024 appropriations bill. This increase in funding will help more families across the country access and afford the child care that they need and help bolster the early care and education workforce. Specifically, the subcommittee voted to provide:

  • $8.7 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) — a $700 million increase over FY2023;
  • $12.3 billion for Head Start — a $275 million increase over FY2023;
  • $560 million for the Special Education Part C Grants for Infants and Families (IDEA Part C) program — a $20 million increase over FY2023;
  • And $80 million for the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program — a $5 million increase over FY2023.

The following statement is from Whitney Pesek, Director of Federal Child Care Policy for the National Women’s Law Center:

“Today’s markup represents an important victory for families and early educators across the country. In this divided political climate, we are thrilled to see members on both sides of the aisle support efforts to expand access to high-quality, affordable child care, as well as support early educators – who are nearly all women and disproportionately women of color. We want to thank Senators Baldwin, Murray, Collins, Capito, and their staff for their bipartisan leadership in securing this critical increase in funding for early education programs, which are essential to helping all families and early educators thrive.

“We continue to urge Congress to pass additional emergency supplemental funding for child care and early learning to stave off the impacts of the September funding cliff. We also urge the House Committee on Appropriations to follow the Senate’s lead in boosting funding for child care programs that are essential to the wellbeing of both our families and our economy.

“While we are pleased that the bill includes necessary investments in child care, we are concerned with the continuation of harmful riders such as the Hyde and Weldon amendments. These amendments undermine access to reproductive health care at a time when anti-abortion policymakers are doing everything in their power to ban abortion nationwide. We look forward to working with Congress to remove these poison pill riders permanently, as well as ensure that the range of hateful riders and devastating budget cuts in the House appropriations bill never become law.”