Public Policy

ACAP CHILD CARE PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA

Policy and Advocacy

Quality child care is essential to the healthy development of the children and economic health of our community.  As the primary source for professional, well trained and highly educated child care providers, ACAP Child Care seeks to educate and promote the benefits of quality child care.

Our Commitment

Because of our commitment to quality care, ACAP Child Care is a member of the Early Care and Learning Council (ECLC), Winning Beginning NY (WBNY), and Child Care Aware of America.   The program actively educates and supports the messages of these national and state leaders in early care and education advocacy efforts.

Advocacy Messages and Agendas

Winning Beginning NY Executive and Legislate Agendas 2012

Winning Beginning NY believes that in this time of fiscal crisis our stat must preserve, protect and increase access to high-quality early care and learning programs.  These programs, all of equal priority, are essential for children’s success and our State’s economic recovery.

>>  2012 Winning Beginning NY Executive Agenda

>>  2012 Winning Beginning NY Legislative Agenda

Early Care and Learning Council 2012 Public Policy Agenda

The Early Care and Learning Council believes that investments in early childhood have both short and long term economic benefits for our state, its families, and current and future workforce.

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACRAA)/Child Care Aware of America

NACCRRA calls on Congress to reauthorize and strengthen the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) in 2011 so that parents have real choices among quality child care providers. CCDBG is the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance to states. Parents receive subsidies to help pay for care.

Strengthen rural child care: Rural communities have unique needs and challenges far different from urban settings. Child care options for rural families are reduced because of a lack of formal child care, greater distances to work sites, lack of transportation, and irregularity of work schedules. Authorize a specific pilot for rural areas to better meet the needs of families. This pilot should encourage combining federal funding streams related to early childhood programs.

How to Use the Messages to Affect Change

Advocacy 101 Webinar (from Winning Beginning NY)
A webinar on how to effectively use the WBNY Advocacy Tools to advocate to elected official and legislators.

WBNY Advocacy Tools
Winning Beginning NY’s comprehensive list of advocacy tools and resources

NACCRRA/Child Care Aware Action Center
NACCRA’s/Child Care Aware’s Legislative Action tools and resources, including featured alerts and campaigns.

Action Center
Contact information for State and National Policymakers.
Representatives Addresses