Take Action to #SolveChildCare!
Congress is currently considering two major legislative packages, including President Biden's Build Back Better Agenda, which contains a historic proposal with significant investments in child care and preschool.
This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure the kind of investment that could truly create a better early learning system — one that works for working families and the educators they rely on.
Your members of Congress need to hear from you loud and clear that you support significant, sustained federal funding for child care and preschool. Use this tool from First Five Years Fund to email, call, and tweet your members of Congress today!
A New, Simplified Child Tax Credit Sign-Up Tool for Families
In last week's newsletter, we shared resources to help you spread the word on the expanded Child Tax Credit. We're continuing to call on early childhood advocates like you to help make eligible families aware of the expanded Child Tax Credit, especially low-income families who are at risk of missing out on this crucial tax relief.
Are you an individual or a community organization that is reaching out to families to help them claim their Child Tax Credit? Earlier this week, The White House, the U.S. Treasury Department, and Code for America launched a new, simplified Child Tax Credit sign-up tool to help families get their payments.
Webinar: Incorporating Family Voices into Health Care Policy and Programs
Research shows that when parents and families are more engaged, children do better. Yet more often than not, families are left out of policy conversations and decisions that directly impact the health, development, and well-being of their children.
Join us Tuesday, September 14 for a conversation on the importance of incorporating the voices of families into health care policy and program decisions. The 90-minute webinar, hosted by the Center for Health Care Strategies and made possible by MolinaCares Accord, will feature best practices for authentically engaging with families in public services delivery to inform state and local programs, practices, and policy development.
Speakers will also share insights from their work to elevate community voices, especially parents with young children and/or special health care needs.
September is National Literacy Month!
Did you know that September is National Literacy Month? The foundational skills that support strong reading and writing are developed long before a child enters kindergarten. Starting at birth, loving interactions with adults, sharing books, and telling stories help lay the groundwork for strong language and literacy as a child grows.
When a child engages with their caregiver through books, it not only teaches children the excitement of reading, but also expands their vocabulary, builds connections between pictures and words, and supports a healthy relationship between the child and caregiver.
In honor of National Literacy Month, we encourage you to learn more about the Ohio Governor's Imagination Library. The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library—inspired by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library—seeks to send a new book every month to Ohio children from birth to age five. And best of all, the books are free to all families! To enroll your child in the program, please visit: https://ohioimaginationlibrary.com/enroll.
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