The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a leading voice for high-quality early childhood education, is deeply concerned about the current federal fiscal debates. Children and families are not made of separate components of health, early care and education, nutrition, and other basics. In addition to the children and families who benefit greatly from a range of federally-supported services, those who provide these services are also an important part of the nation’s workforce that is being hurt by the current response.
The failure to pass real appropriation bills that invest in children and families harms our local, state and national economies as well as individual children and families. Effective, functioning government helps support effective, functioning services that make children, families and our nation stronger and more secure. We urge Congress and the Administration to return to the appropriations process for all programs and services and to make the important investments in children and families that will help America prosper and reach its potential.