Child Care Services Association and its T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center applauds the passage in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Build Back Better legislation. Our work supports the importance of providing parents with affordable, accessible, and high-quality early childhood programs by providing the critical need for financial support and counseling for early childhood educators to advance on a career pathway that leads to quality teaching practices and that provides early childhood educators with improved compensation. For too long, parents have not had that assistance, early childhood providers have not been fairly compensated and given the resources to provide high quality experiences, and early childhood educators have been some of the lowest paid professionals in our country. Together with the health, economic, nutrition, and workforce development support, the child care and preschool investments will create a historic transformation for children’s development and learning. Children, families, and early childhood educators have waited too long for this opportunity. We call on the U.S. Senate to quickly pass this legislation.
Marsha Basloe, President
Child Care Services Association/T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® National Center