|The 2020 Census
We are delighted to announce that ReadyNation has been tapped to organize and run two business networks in support of an accurate 2020 Census. With funding from the Ford Foundation and others, we will be recruiting senior executives to join the National Business Leader Task Force for an Accurate Census, as well as expanding our network of all business people willing to speak out in support of a well-designed and administered census. We will also look for businesses interested in publicizing the need to return census forms (“Get Out the Count”) in spring 2020.
Our new brief, “Data for a Strong Economy,” explains that the census is essential to providing appropriate public funding for programs that help children grow to be productive adults, for business data-based decisions, and for accurate political representation. If you have questions or nominations for new business contacts, please contact Jeff Connor-Naylor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Major Victory for Early Childhood, After-School
With your support and the work of advocates and allies around the country, we helped achieve an unprecedented increase in funding for the nation’s federal child care program. In March, Congress passed and President Trump signed legislation funding the federal government through September 30, which included an additional $2.4 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) -- nearly doubling its funding to a total of$5.2 billion. Members of ReadyNation across the country helped speak out about the importance of this program, which supports access to high-quality child care for families with caregivers who are working, in job training, or in school. This victory will allow states to increase access to child care and improve quality, helping parents be more productive at work knowing their children are in a safe, educational environment.
In addition to the unprecedented increase in child care funding, Congress also increased funding for Head Start by $610 million and youth after-school programs by $20 million,
while maintaining Preschool Development Grants.
Your voices in these important federal budget debates have a significant impact, and as a result, thousands of children across the country will get a good start in life, leading to success in education, work, and life.