ECEC Members in Action!
This month, your State Representatives and Senators are in ECEC centers around Ohio to make sure that legislators know about child care and early learning before work begins again at the Capitol. They’re seeing first hand what providers like you do on a daily basis to make a quality early education program work, and what their policies look like in action.
One of the best ways to help our federal and state officials to understand child care is to show them. If you would like to host a state legislator in your center, click here.
Governor Kasic Signs Budget That Dramatically Impacts Childcare
On June 30, Governor John Kasich signed into law Ohio’s $55.8 billion two-year budget. The budget was controversial across the board, and provided several significant changes and cuts to child care. These include a cut in reimbursement rates, enhanced rates for step up to quality, and a change in eligibility from 150% to 125% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Now, the rule changes that affect Income Eligibility and Copayments for Publicly funded childcare are up for review and can be publicly commented on by clicking here, and scrolling down to the “Families and Children” section. If you are interested in commenting on the likely impact of these changes, the public comment period for CCN 7028 is open until Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 12:00 a.m.
Alliance of Early Learning Advocates Provider Survey Results
ECEC, as part of the Alliance of Early Learning Advocates, has just released three fact sheets based on the April 2011 child care provider survey:
- Access to Child Care Still Challenged by 2010-11 Budget Decisions
- Quality Counts, But Quality is Hindered
- Child Care Businesses Means Dollars into the Economy
Governor Kasich Releases Budget “Blue Book,” Including Cuts to Child Care
On March 15, Governor Kasich began the state budget process by releasing details of his budget proposal – the “Blue Book” – for the state fiscal year 2012-2013 biennium.
- ECEC Fact Sheet on child care and early learning in the “Blue Book.”
Be sure to sign up for Ohio action alerts from ECEC for ways you can get involved!
New budget plan may affect child care. WDTN TV 2 (Dayton).March 9. 2011.
Selling 5 prisons, cutting child care subsidies part of state budget proposal. Dayton Daily News. March 8, 2011.
Parents Bear Brundt of Subsidy Cuts that Close Child Care Centers.Dayton Daily News. May 30, 2010.
Fewer Parents Eligible for Child Care Subsidies. Dayton Daily News. May 29, 2010.