Senate Earmark Battle Clobbers Funding For Child Care

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Senate Democrats abandoned an omnibus spending bill last week because Republicans said it was too filled with earmarks. Its demise will mean the end of elevated federal funding for child care programs for working families.

“If we lose this money, it’s just a disaster for kids and families,” said Helen Blank of the National Women’s Law Center.

The 2009 stimulus bill provided an additional $2 billion each for the Child Care and Development Block Grant, which helps working parents pay for daycare, and for the Head Start program for childrens’ health and school readiness. The extra money has allowed the programs to catch a greater percentage of eligible children.

The omnibus bill provided $681 million for child care and a $841 million for Head Start — roughly the amount of money needed just to prevent the programs from dropping the additional families served thanks to the stimulus bill, according to the programs’ advocates.

“These increases would have helped many, although not all, of the nearly 300,000 children who benefited from child care assistance and Head Start and Early Head Start starting in 2009 as a result of economic recovery funding,” Blank said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.) lamented the situation on the Senate floor last Thursday.

“300,000 children in America, as a result of our not moving forward, are going to be treated much differently,” Reid said. “The Head Start Program has been proven to be something that is vital to the country, and 300,000 children will not be eligible for Head Start because of this.”

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