Child Care, Development Block Grant funding make a huge difference in quality education

Child Care, Development Block Grant funding make a huge difference in quality education

I am chief education officer of The Children’s Workshop headquartered in Central Falls. We operate six schools and serve infant, toddler, preschool, pre-K, and school-age students across the state, largely from families who are eligible for child care subsidies. When Congress increased funds via the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the state of Rhode Island invested those funds into ensuring better quality for all our children. At The Children’s Workshop, these increased rates were especially beneficial for our infants and toddlers.

Our school in Warren felt the biggest impact. Because of the increase in funds, the school is able to accept more low-income families and provide high quality child care to many more children who may not have had equitable access to it otherwise. Research demonstrates that high quality early education is associated with better educational and health outcomes for children.

These CCDBG increases were vital to early childhood education in the state of Rhode Island, and are an excellent starting point. However, we still have work to do. Currently, the House has allotted $2.4 billion for CCDBG.

That is more than $5.4 million just for Rhode Island, which translates to high quality care for about 530 more children. We need Sen. Reed to fight for this funding. Our children and our future are counting on it.

Julie Boutwell

The Children’s Workshop