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For 25 years, CLASP’s Child Care and Early Education (CCEE) team has been instrumental in ensuring that millions of families with children have equitable access to affordable and quality care and education. We are so deeply proud of the impact CLASP’s CCEE team has had over the last 25 years.–rom leading the charge in securing billions of dollars in relief resources during the Great Recession and COVID-19 pandemic – to the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in 2014 – all the while continuing the extensive and much needed research and advocacy in the field, CLASP’s efforts have resulted in millions more children having access to affordable, high quality child care. Over the coming months, we will plan to highlight key people, including former and current CCEE staff, CLASP leadership and partners, and notable moments in the team’s history.

Mark your calendars for our culminating event – the 25th Anniversary Celebration! On Wednesday, September 25, 2024 at 6:00pm ET we will bring together CLASP and the CCEE team’s alumni, friends, and partners to celebrate some of our greatest achievements, and learn about the bold vision for the work ahead.

With 25 years of experience and expertise behind us, we’re also looking ahead to the next 25, reimagining the narrative of child care in this country and what it means to have true affordable and accessible care for everyone. Our vision remains the same: to advance racial, gender, and economic justice by centering people with lived experience to advocate for equitable access to affordable child care and early education that meets families’ and providers’ needs.

RSVP below to join us this fall on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00pm ET. We can’t wait to see you there! More details on event location and virtual options will be announced closer to the event.

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The following statement can be attributed to Elizabeth Lower-Basch, deputy executive director for policy at the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP).  

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2024–Today in a pair of cases, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority overturned a 40yearold precedent, known as “Chevron deference,” which generally required courts to defer to the expertise of agency rulemakers. This precedent has supported tens of thousands of rules used by federal agencies to execute regulatory authority on topics from the environment to financial services to patient, consumer, and worker protections, and protected them from frivolous lawsuits. With this change, all regulations will be much more vulnerable to litigation – which will delay implementation even when the regulations are eventually upheld – and judges will be able to make decisions grounded in their personal opinions rather than the substantive knowledge of agency experts.  

Exactly how damaging this decision will be remains to be seen; Justice Roberts in his decision claims that it “does not call into question prior cases that relied on the Chevron framework.” But the decisions in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo and Relentless, Inc. v. Department of Commerce raise the stakes for judicial appointments at all levels, as well as increase the need for Congress to pass detailed legislative instructions that leave less room for judicial meddling. Because countless federal regulations support people with low incomes, these decisions have the potential to significantly affect their lives. 

 

By Gabrielle Chiodo,

For decades, the United States has enacted policies that have prevented immigrants, regardless of their documentation status, from accessing quality health care, including abortion and other essential reproductive health services. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996 prevented green card holders from accessing Medicaid, CHIP, and other public benefits for five years. Other immigrants, such as Temporary Protected Status holders and DACA recipients, as well as undocumented immigrants, were almost entirely barred from coverage. Until this year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continued restrictions by excluding undocumented immigrants from purchasing health plans on the marketplace.

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By Yasmine Elkharssa,

Asylum seekers have a moral and legal right to be in the United States, and we must ensure their needs are met so they can thrive. This includes access to housing, health care, nutrition assistance, workforce support, and legal assistance. However, as asylum seekers arrive in cities across the country there have been news reports about local tensions created from the idea of resource scarcity. Any scarcity is caused by restrictive eligibility policies and inadequate funding.

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By Alycia Hardy, Stephanie Schmit, and Rachel Wilensky

National Report

This report analyzes variations in eligibility and access to Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) subsidies in 2020. State decisions on implementation within the CCDBG program, along with historically insufficient federal and state funding, limit parents’ access to child care assistance. We analyze state-level Administration for Children and Families CCDBG participation data by state, race, and ethnicity, with analysis on both state and federal income eligibility limits. As an update to our previous report with 2019 CCDBG data on inequitable access, this iteration includes a new analysis of data on potentially eligible children, or children who qualify for receiving CCDBG assistance based on the outlined eligibility requirements.

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National State-Level Income Eligibility Fact Sheet

This fact sheet outlines CCDGB subsidy eligibility and receipt for children ages 0-13 across the country, analyzing national totals including variations by race and ethnicity, based on state income eligibility.

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State-by-State Fact Sheets

Inequitable Access to Child Care Subsidies by State in 2020

These fact sheets outline CCDBG subsidy eligibility and receipt for children ages 0-13 in each state, including variations by race and ethnicity. (See note below about states marked with *, indicating data limitations.)

Alabama Nebraska
Alaska Nevada
Arizona New Hampshire*
Arkansas New Jersey
California New Mexico
Colorado* New York
Connecticut* North Carolina
Delaware North Dakota
District of Columbia* Ohio*
Florida Oklahoma
Georgia** Oregon
Hawaii Pennsylvania*
Idaho Rhode Island*
Illinois* South Carolina
Indiana South Dakota
Iowa* Tennessee
Kansas Texas*
Kentucky Utah*
Louisiana Vermont*
Maine* Virginia
Maryland Washington*
Massachusetts* West Virginia
Michigan Wisconsin*
Minnesota Wyoming
Mississippi
Missouri*
Montana

 

* Due to data limitations, including sample size limitations in the American Community Survey and/or missing and/or invalid CCDF data from the Administration for Children and Families, we were unable to conduct analyses on potential eligibility and CCDBG access for all racial and ethnic groups in the indicated states.
** Georgia, which did not report any data on race and ethnicity, is excluded from all state and national race and ethnicity analyses, and thus does not have a state fact sheet.

By Maddie Trice & Clarence Okoh 

The Oklahoma Supreme Court’s recent decision to dismiss a case brought by survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre is a powerful reminder that American legal and political institutions can engineer unjust futures from unjust pasts. But advocates must reject the future that white supremacy insists is inevitable and instead nurture radical imagination by reaching across disciplines to experiment with authoring our own future. 

As we commemorate the Juneteenth holiday and Octavia Butler’s birthday, advocates should revisit Afrofuturism, an idea that the scholar and artist Ytasha Womack defines as “the intersection between Black culture, technology, liberation and imagination … a way of bridging the future and past and essentially helping to reimagine the experience of people of colour.” Afrofuturism offers vibrant, Black-constructed, artistic, and political visions of the future that are often rooted in but not constrained by histories of racial injustice. This is an imaginative terrain where artists and activists can speculate, anticipate, and predict what the future holds for Black people, providing a powerful tool to think past the political constraints of the present to discern how we might defeat encroaching racial dystopia. Afrofuturists can help us imagine a world where Tulsa survivors are offered the justice long denied by state actors. And those speculative, liberated futures can become the North Star guiding us toward justice and liberation.  

Octavia Butler’s Parable series, Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, lend particularly vivid insights on ways to approach radical social change amid our current political (and literal) climate. The series follows Lauren Oya Olamina as she navigates the “Pox,” a dystopian version of the United States facing total economic collapse, mass displacement, neoslavery, and paramilitary racial terrorism motivated by a white, Christian nationalist president promising to, as Butler writes in the 1990s, “make America great again.” Olamina confronts this reality by overcoming a series of moments similar to the Tulsa massacre where her idyllic, multicultural communities are destroyed by mob violence without legal or political accountability.  

Olamina’s strategies for surviving racial dystopia invite critical questions that advocates should consider in navigating real-world challenges:  

In the Parable series, the consequences of the climate crisis have led to mass displacement, hunger, and violence. These conditions enable racist ideologies to spread and justify violence against groups falsely blamed for the country’s problems. Despite these circumstances, Olamina leads humanity into a “destiny among the stars.” Her survival begs the question: in working to eliminate injustice, what does it mean to act abundantly in a world of scarcity?  

The Parable series also speaks to the role of empathy in advocacy and activism. Lauren Olamina has a condition known as “hyper empathy,” where she literally experiences the pain of others if she sees it. In her world, this is a critical weakness and liability, so she hides it. However, it is hyper empathy that awakens Olamina to alleviating the pain of others, by forming safe communities and protecting other vulnerable people from suffering and violence. The novels position empathy as a strength even when others perceive it as a weakness. What could it look like to presuppose empathy as a foundation for legal and policy decision-making?  

From a disability justice lens, the Parable series also brings into stark focus the ways that a violent world disables and disposes of Black women and femmes. Though COVID had not yet occurred when she wrote these books, Butler observed that disability and gender would be treated as weaknesses and liabilities in a future riven by climate change. The policy failures of the COVID pandemic and rollbacks on reproductive freedom offer real-world examples of Butler’s fictional admonitions. These circumstances might lead us to ask, how can we replace a politic of disposability with an ethic of mutuality and collectivism as reflected in Olamina’s Earthseed communities?  

The utility of Afrofuturism in advocacy is only limited by our collective imagination. In moments of total defeat, our ability to author new worlds becomes a bulwark against despair and an invitation to principled struggle. Octavia Butler’s work reminds us that even amid our Tulsa moments, other futures remain possible.  

June 20: In partnership with Children at Risk, the Children Thrive Action Network and other organizations will host the fifth annual National Immigration Summit, which will explore the unique challenges facing immigrant children and their families. Register here.

June 18: Nia West-Bey and Isha Weerasinghe presented at “Understanding the Mutual Relationship Between Income and Mental Health and Strategies to Improve Outcomes,” a webinar hosted by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.

By Hannah Liu

For the past twelve years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed hundreds of thousands of Dreamers — immigrants who entered the country as children — to go to school, work, and build their lives with lessened fears of deportation. However, this program was always meant to be replaced with a path to permanent status. This new CTAN fact sheet outlines how the consequences of Congressional inaction for the undocumented community will affect recipients, their families, and families across the country as a whole whether or not the courts decide to strike DACA down in imminent years.

CLASP, along with the Children Thrive Action Network, urges Congress to pass legislation like S. 365/H.R. 6 to secure a pathway to citizenship as permanent relief for all Dreamers. DACA recipients and their families should not have their livelihoods tied to the whims of the courts, and undocumented youth who call this country home should not continue to face an uncertain future.

In the meantime, we urge the Biden Administration to use all possible administrative levers to protect DACA recipients at risk of losing their status. Possible avenues include expanding and modernizing administrative immigration relief options for undocumented immigrants with U.S. citizen spouses, children, and other dependent family members.

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By Lia Chien

(EXCERPT)

Lynn Tramonte, director of the Ohio Immigrant Alliance, and Suma Setty, a senior policy analyst at the Center for Law and Social Policy, a D.C.-based nonprofit fighting for policy solutions for low-income groups, also launched their new book, “Broken Hope: Deportation and the Road Home,” at the event.

“I just wanted to take a minute to ask you guys to think about what if somebody told you tomorrow, you had to walk away from everybody, and everything that you had built for 20 years?” said Tramonte. “That’s what deportation is. It’s an extreme consequence for a paperwork violation.”

Read the full article here.