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Included in the readout: Provider Health Insurance Open Enrollment, Child Care & Child Tax Credit ,Home Visiting Sign-O, Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, NAEP Results and Federal Funds for Schools.
Included in the readout: Federal Overview, Federal Child Nutrition Programs (Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act), Appropriations and the commitment to early childhood, and our “Outside In” Conversation: Scott-Burr and Murray-Kaine bills.
The meeting began with a federal overview and a deeper dive into child care and reconciliation. State advocates then had a broader conversation about child care underspending before presenters moved to a presentation on child tax credits.
Sarah Rubinfield, Director of Government Affairs at First Five Years Fund, provided an update of the state of early learning legislation in Congress; Catriona MacDonald, President of Linchpin Strategies, shared the latest on Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) reauthorization; Mary Beth Testa of MBST Solutions gave a recap of the recently passed Keep Kids Fed Act; Gary Romano, President & CEO at Civitas Strategies spotlighted the issue of childcare providers unable to repay Economic Injury Disaster Loans; and Elyssa Schmier, Vice President, Government Relations and National Budget at MomsRising Together gave an update on the infant formula shortage.
The StateFedConnect "refresh" was discussed and our new facilitators were introduced: Elliot Regenstein & Reg Leichty from Foresight Law + Policy. New advisory council members were also announced. Agenda items included the Murray/Kaine child care proposal, reconciliation, the baby formula shortage, child nutrition waivers, and the FY23 budget process.
Sarah Rubinfield, Director of Government Affairs from First Five Years Fund (FFYF), provided updates on the federal budget process, other federal updates, and what state-based advocates can be doing right now. Elisabeth Wright Burak, Senior Fellow at Georgetown Center for Children and Families, provided an update on the predicted end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE), how state advocates need to prepare for the unwinding of Medicaid enrollment once public health emergency expires, extension of postpartum care, and other health updates. Tommy Sheridan, Deputy Director of the National Head Start Association provided an update on the new Categorical Eligibility for Head Start for SNAP recipients, an important new policy that is already in effect.
Sarah Rubinfield, Director of Government Affairs from First Five Years Fund (FFYF), provided updates on reconciliation, the CCDBG reauthorization bill that was introduced on March 28th by a group of Republican members, recent First Five Years Fund polling numbers, and the FY23 appropriations process, which was kicked off last week with the release of the President’s budget proposal. Mina Hong, Director of Early Childhood Systems Consulting at Start Early, provided an update on Early Intervention funding.
Elisabeth Burak from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown shared the findings of their new report children's loss of Medicaid coverage; Cat McDonald with Linchpin Strategies discussed the upcoming reauthorization of MIECHV, and Sarah Rubinfield from the First Five Years Fund shared the current state of play on reconciliation/Build Back Better.
First Five Years Fund provided an update on Build Back Better, Georgetown Center for Children and Families provided an update on Medicaid 12-month postpartum extension; Tennessee advocates provided an update on a recent study of the Tennessee Voluntary Pre-K Program and how they are responding.
The December StateFedConnect call was all about federal investment in working families and young children through the Build Back Better Act, which at the time had been passed by the House and was awaiting a vote in the Senate.
Special Call with Katie Hamm, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, Office of Early Childhood Development (ECD) at the Department of Health and Human Services. After few federal updates, Hamm joined the call to talk about the priorities for early childhood programs in the American Families Plan.
Topics include: a federal update from Danielle Ewen on the House Ways and Means Committee and House Committee on Education and Labor early childhood proposals for the budget reconciliation package; an additional update from Elisabeth Wright Burak on current health coverage provisions.
Topics include: a federal update from Danielle Ewen on all of the White House's proposed packages, child care compensation, claims about unemployment payments, and some updates on child care workforce support.
Topics include: The American Families Plan (with Grace Landrieu, Domestic Policy Council, and Katie Hamm, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development), a federal update from Danielle Ewen, federal strategies for state advocates.
Topics include: Paid Family leave with a guest from Family Values@Work, Federal Overview of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, coronavirus relief measures, and the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.
Topics include: Biden caregiving plan, agency review team key staff for early childhood, content of HEROES and HEALS packages, continuing resolution update, state child care closure updates
Presentation Recording: Veteran of the field Helen Blank walked StateFedConnectors through the fascinating history of child care, from WWII and the Lanham Act to present.
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