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Calif. Families Gain More Support in Expanded Family Leave Law

Calif. Families Gain More Support in Expanded Family Leave Law

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Continuing a wave of expanding labor policy reforms aimed at addressing income inequality, California’s Democratic governor signed legislation Monday to increase time-off pay for employees who must leave work to care for their family. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB908 to expand the state’s paid family leave law, saying he wants to […]

Child Care Support in Miss. Can Be Run Better, Advocates Say

Child Care Support in Miss. Can Be Run Better, Advocates Say

More than 106,000 low-income kids in Mississippi, especially in communities of color, are not receiving adequate child care services, though they are eligible for such programs, grassroots advocates said last week, citing a critical report from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  On Feb. 8, the Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative, Center for Law and […]

N.M. Families Win Change on Child Care Forms

N.M. Families Win Change on Child Care Forms

Parents won a simple but important change in New Mexico’s child care assistance program this month that could help survivors of domestic violence.  When applying for child care aid, parents can now check a box to show they are survivors of domestic violence who are concerned that seeking child support could put their family in […]

Will Congress Put Head Start at Risk in Coming Budget Battle?

Will Congress Put Head Start at Risk in Coming Budget Battle?

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are once again struggling to agree on a new federal budget, raising the specter of a government shutdown in the coming months that could hit working poor families harder and quicker than many other Americans. Over the next two months, Congress will face two critical deadlines. In early November, lawmakers are […]

Child Care and Families in Illinois Need to Be Priorities

Child Care and Families in Illinois Need to Be Priorities

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s quiet decision to drastically change the income guidelines for the state’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) three months ago is about to generate more noise and attention from working families — and the vital human services put in place to support them. Here at Erie Neighborhood House on Chicago’s near West […]

Arizona Child Advocate: Safety of Kids Needs Full Effort

Arizona Child Advocate: Safety of Kids Needs Full Effort

  Arizona lawmakers and officials need to do much more to ensure the safety of kids in the state and must take major steps to address “systemic risks.”  Those two words were used in a blunt wake-up call of an independent report that examined the effectiveness of the Arizona state Department of Child Safety. State […]

Child Care Investments Carry Dividends for All

Child Care Investments Carry Dividends for All

When the Great Recession hit California in 2007, state revenues declined sharply, many programs took big hits and the state’s deficit grew. Eight years later, the “wall of debt” has been significantly reduced and tax revenues have increased so significantly that there’s a projected surplus of more than $4 billion. The time has come to […]

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