Governor Wolf's proposed $35 million increase for child care funding is the largest in a decade. The governor's proposed investments will decrease waiting lists by 11,000, replace the loss of federal funds, and take a small step to address inadequate state child care reimbursement rates.
However, the House passed a budget bill slashing the existing levels of child care funding by $28 million. This is unacceptable.
Currently, over 14,000 children remain on the waiting list with some children on the list for over a year. The House budget threatens to disrupt the Child Care Information Services (CCIS) system, setting back efforts by the Department of Human Services to create a more effective system of supports for both families and providers. This is the budget the Senate is currently considering.
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