Press Release

AFT's Weingarten: Senate Moves Us Closer to High-Quality, Universal Early Childhood Education for All

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Friday, March 14, 2014


Michael Heenan
202/585-4371; Cell:202/577-3941

WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Child Care and Development Block Grant bill passed by the Senate.

"In a rare showing of bipartisanship, the U.S. Senate overwhelming passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant bill, moving our country one step closer to providing high-quality, universal early childhood education for all families. Having access to affordable child care is critical for working families, and ensuring high-quality early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make to prepare a child for success in school and life. This bill expands that promise for low-income families who need it the most, focuses on the health and safety of children, provides online tools for families seeking child care, raises the quality of care and strengthens the child care workforce. The House should follow the Senate's lead and pass this bill immediately.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.