Child Care Advocates at the Capitol – Keep the Conversation Going!
Last week, Legsilators and decision-makers in the Administration heard a lot about child care!
The Georgia Child Care Association, made presentations tothree different Committees on behalf of child care providers! The House Committee on Children and Youth, the House Appropriations Education Subcommittee, and the House Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation all heard about
- high-quality child care and early learning opportunities that matter for young children in Georgia
- the stress that the child care industry is under due to decreasing funding
- parents can’t work without child care, and child businesses are a major part of our state’s economy in their own right!
We need your help to keep early education providers on the minds of State Legislators! Governor Deal’s proposed budget seeks to restore Georgia PreK salaries for 10 days (20 days were cut last year), but the proposal does NOT restore operating dollars for PreK program providers.
State Legislators need to hear from all of us about this. Please contact your State Representative and State Senator and ask them to RESTORE FULL FUNDING for Georgia PreK for the restored 10 days including operating funds for providers! You can personalize the letter to really help your Legislator understand what the work is about in your center.
The more people they hear from, the better. Keep the conversation going!
Take Action Today!
State Legislators need to hear from all of us about getting Georgia Pre-K operating funds restored. Please contact your State Representative and State Senatorand ask them to RESTORE FULL FUNDING for Georgia PreK for the restored 10 days including operating funds for providers!
A letter has been created for you to quickly and easily send to your State Legislators. Please add your personal story or experience with Georgia PreK to the letter, and send your letter today!!
Georgia Legislature to Begin Hearings on State Budget
The House and Senate Committees that work on the state budget are already holding hearings on the Governor’s Budget proposal. This is their chance – and our chance – to ask questions about what these proposals would mean for child care providers and for the children enrolled in our programs.
The Georgia Child Care Association and the Early Care and Education Consortium will be working hard this session to educate Legislators and work with them on important budget and policy details, because their decisions will impact your work, your classrooms, and the children you serve.
Governor Deal Releases Proposal for State Budget
On January 11, Governor Deal proposed a budget for the state of Georgia. It includes a lot of important news for early care and education, but also raises a lot of questions.
- Governor Deal proposed a $2 million cut to Georgia PreK. We have confirmed that the proposal restores funding for 10 days (20 days were cut last year), but the proposal does NOT restore operating dollars for prek program providers.
- Governor Deal proposed maintaining state funds for subsidy, enough to ensure access to all available federal dollars for child care for Georgia. The budget proposal moves $54 million from the Department of Human Services to the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), a governance change which will become official this year. It is not clear whether or how there will be changes in the uses of those dollars for slots, rates, or other subsidy policies.
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