Christine Johnson-Staub details recently released guidance from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Child Care. The guidance is on the provision of Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) supplemental dollars and encourages states to take bold steps in implementing CCDBG relief funds.
This week, the House and Senate passed, and President Biden signed legislation designating Juneteenth as a federal holiday. This new federal holiday is almost poetic in that it reflects the deferred dreams of generations of Black people as slavery gave way to Jim Crow laws, and Jim Crow to mass incarceration.
Last Friday’s jobs report is a stark reminder that only when we invest in solutions that directly benefit workers who’ve been most affected by the pandemic’s toll will everyone experience our nation’s economic recovery. An equitable recovery requires policymakers to invest in an equity-focused subsidized employment initiative that supports people our nation has too often left behind.
May was National Foster Care Month, a time to uplift those working to provide vital services to foster care youth around the country. New Deal for Youth Changemaker Yusef Presley has used his lived experience to highlight the need for increased resources and care for foster youth, particularly foster youth of color.
Denying the will of the voters, in May the Missouri legislature refused to fund the expansion of Medicaid and then the governor withdrew the state’s expansion plan from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.
The Treasury Department recently published guidance that calls on ERA administrators to reevaluate their programs, signaling an opportunity for advocates to influence how programs in their jurisdiction adapt to the stronger requirements.