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Monthly Policy Update
October | 2021

Build Back Better: 
Invest in Child Care Facilities 

Democrats are slashing the reconciliation bill from $3.5 trillion to up to $2 trillion to reach an agreement. We are very concerned about the fate of the requested $450 Billion investment in child care, including the proposed childcare facilities investments.

Failure to establish a standalone investment in a child care facility infrastructure grants program in this once-in-a-generation reconciliation package will only perpetuate structural inequities. This funding will support low-income and BIPOC communities to mitigate pandemic conditions, address learning loss, support the workforce, and create jobs by providing safe and resilient center-based and home-based programs where children and families thrive. 

We need a strong final grassroots advocacy push now! This could be the most significant amount of federal funding for child care infrastructure for years to come. 

As negotiations advance, we are joining other members of the National Children's Facilities Network (NCFN) in urging Congress to invest at least $15 billion for child care infrastructure grants as part of the Build Back Better bill, following the example provided by the House Ways and Means Committee. With these grants, child care programs will be able to acquire, construct, and renovate child care facilities and receive critical technical assistance and capacity-building support from experienced intermediaries.

Join us and fellow NCFN members and partners in sending a strong message to our Democratic leaders:

Take Action

Roundtable Series on Early Care and Education Facilities

Thanks to all who joined us live last month in the Roundtable Series on Early Care and Education Facilities in the Greater Los Angeles Area! Special thanks to all our guest speakers for sharing their wisdom on the various topics we explored. 

As one of the follow-up activities, we are convening Greater L.A. stakeholders to strategize on the next steps to strengthen communities' capacity to access and leverage state and federal investments in early care and education facilities. If you would like to join the conversation, please send us an email at buildupca@liifund.org. 

If you missed the roundtables or want to revisit them, you can watch the recordings in Spanish or English available on our YouTube channel using the links below. You can also access more information about the events, including speakers' bios, slides, and publications, on our website
Improving Child Care Facilities & Physical Spaces Using Federal Relief Dollars
Mejora de Los Espacios Físicos de Cuidado Infantil Con Los Dólares de Ayuda Federal

Planning for Child Care Facilities
Planificación de Las Instalaciones de Cuidado Infantil

Financing Child Care Facilities
Financiamiento de las Instalaciones de Cuidado Infantil

Integrating Child Care into Housing and Other Community Facilities
Integración del cuidado infantil en la vivienda y otras instalaciones comunitarias

How Elected Officials Can Lead the Expansion of Child Care Facilities
Cómo los funcionarios electos pueden liderar la expansión de las instalaciones de cuidado infantil

 
More Information

California Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program Update

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Child Care and Development Division (CCDD) will host a virtual Child Care and Development Stakeholder meeting on November 4, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This interactive meeting will provide an opportunity for you to contribute to the Request for Application (RFA) and the implementation of the Child Care and Development Infrastructure Grant Program.

Due to limited space, RSVPs are required for this meeting: send an email with your full name, organization, and email address to CCDDFacilities@dss.ca.gov by Monday, November 1, 2021. Live simultaneous interpretation for Spanish and American Sign Language and closed-captioning will be provided during the whole group webinar portion.  Included in your RVSP, please indicate if you need any other accommodations.
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