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NEW YORK—Last night, the Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) reauthorization. Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the CCDBG program funds State efforts to provide child care services for low-income family members who work, train for work, attend school, or whose children receive or need to receive protective services. Passed with strong bipartisan support by both the House and the Senate, the CCDBG reauthorization will now be sent to the President for his signature.
Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., released the following statement in support of the vote:
“We commend the Senate for passing the CCDBG reauthorization today. A lack of access to quality, affordable child care is a major obstacle to work-life balance and financial stability for women and families. Hadassah has a proud history supporting women and families, including championing policies that provide flexibility for working families without forcing sacrifices to their economic security.
Quality child care is essential to that, and reauthorizing the CCDBG program for the first time since 1996 is an important step toward improving outcomes for children. On behalf of our members and American families, we look forward to the President signing this bill into law.”
Hadassah advocates on behalf of a broad range of issues surrounding child care, including policies for public and private sector affordable child care programs, funding, and subsidies. Hadassah members work together to see family-friendly policies enacted at the national and state levels, including advocacy for the Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act. For more information on Hadassah’s domestic advocacy efforts, please visit: www.hadassah.org/advocate
Hadassah is the largest Jewish women’s organization in the United States. With 330,000 members, associates and supporters across the country, Hadassah brings Jewish women together to effect change and advocate on criticalissues such as medical care and research, women's empowerment, and the security of Israel. Through the Hadassah Medical Organization's (HMO) two hospitals, the world-renowned trauma center and the leading research facility in Jerusalem, Hadassah supports the delivery of exemplary patient care to over a million people every year. HMO serves without regard to race, religion or nationality and earned a Nobel Peace Prize Nomination in 2005 for building “bridges to peace” through equality in medical treatment. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.