Areas of Focus
Federal to State Programs
5. Federal to State Programs.
PFCCAG is not as involved with federal funding, policies, and legislation as we are with these same issues in GA but we recognize that Congress makes critical decisions concerning funding and policies affecting providers in GA. For that reason, we keep track of issues, educate our members, and coordinate with national child advocacy organizations. Currently we are keeping track of:
Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). As of October 2019, the Houses Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill includes an additional $2.4 billion for CCDF while the Senate only includes $25 million. If the house proposal is approved, GA will receive a substantial increase in CAPS funding.
PFCCAG Actions. PFCCA tracks the congressional budgeting and appropriation process for CCDF funds. We alert members to contact their respective congresspersons when appropriate.
Preschool Development Grant (PDG). In December 2018, Georgia was awarded a $2.9 million Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B-5) from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education. The funds will be used to design and implement activities to help ensure that Georgia’s children from birth to age 5 have access to high-quality early childhood care and education services and programs. The initial award covers one year, but in the fall of 2020, Georgia will be eligible to compete for additional funding of up to $45 million over three more years. DECAL plans to focus on the following populations: children in poverty, children in foster care, children with disabilities, children experiencing homelessness, children living in rural areas, infants and toddlers and dual language learners.
PFCCAG Actions. PFCCAG followed the legislative process which authorized the PDG process and funding. We have submitted comments to DECAL concerning implementation of the planning process and will support DECAL’s effort to secure additional funding.
Proposed Federal Legislation. Interest in child care is growing among Republican and Democratic legislators and PFCCAG tracks developments. For example, President Trump’s 2020 budget calls for a $1 billion one time only expenditure to improve access to care for underserved populations. Senator Patty Murray, introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, which amends the Child Care and Development Block Grant, paying for the cost of quality and compensating the child care workforce for their crucial work etc. Presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed a Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act allowing local licensed programs (centers and FCC) to provide access for free to any family that makes less than 200% of the federal poverty line.
PFCCAG Actions. PFCCAG would like to be more involved with proposed federal legislation and keep members informed on these issues. We do a modest job now and will look for ways to increase our work in this area.