HHS Releases 2011 and 2012 Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) Reports


Last week the office of Community Services released two new annual reports on the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG).  The 2011 and 2012 reports show similar results as the 2010 report and reaffirms how the $1.7 billion in funding continues to support a range of child welfare services—especially as a prime funder of child protection.  In addition it continues […]

President Announces Child Care Initiative To Build On Child Care Credit

On Thursday, January 22, the President’ released a child care expansion proposal to build on his support for an expanded child care tax credit first announced at the state of the Union Address on Tuesday of last week.

Under the new proposal the President would provide significant increases to the child care block grant, the CCDBG. As a result all […]

Education and the Workforce Committee Begins Head Start Discussion

Last week the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held their first formal meeting with Congressman John Kline (R-MN) returning as the chair of that committee. As part of the committee start up, the majority staff released a discussion draft on Head Start reauthorization. In his release Chairman Kline said, “Congress has a responsibility to ensure this investment […]

CWLA Statement on 2015 State of the Union Address

Not in several years has a President of United States placed such emphasis on child care in his State of the Union address. We applaud President Barack Obama’s call for greater support and expansion of early childhood education and child care, and feel it is an important strategy to help families across the income spectrum.

We can all agree with […]

CWLA Policy Statement: Juvenile Shackling

“[Shackles] made me feel like a chained dog that you are trying to make into something less than I am. [I] hated seeing the tears in my dad’s eyes when he saw me in cuffs.”

17- year-old boy, Arizona, September 2014.


Since 1921, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the oldest child welfare organization in the country, has advocated for […]

HHS Releases 2013 Annual Child Maltreatment Report

Last week the Children’s Bureau released the annual 2013 Child Maltreatment Report. During the year, there were an estimated 3.5 million referrals or calls to child protective services agencies. The reports of child abuse or neglect were estimated to include 6.4 million children. Of the reports, an estimated 60.8 percent were screened in, meaning they resulted in further investigation […]

Senate HELP Committee Begins Serious Debate on Ed Law

One early indication of the level of bipartisanship may come this week as the Senate HELP Committee uses its first full committee hearing to focus on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The ESEA was last reauthorized in 2002 as the No Child Left Behind Act but it expired in 2007. HELP Chairman Senator Lamar […]

GAO : TANF Work Programs Effective But Limited By Funds & Incentives

 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report, TANF Action Is Needed to Better Promote Employment-Focused Approaches that concludes there are effective strategies to move adults from public assistance (TANF) to work but that the current law and funding are limiting the use of these strategies by states.

The GAO looked at ten programs, nine which partner with other […]


As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s a great time for a new art project in early learning classrooms and with all your friends and neighbors! We need your help to make valentines to the U.S. Senate that highlight the importance of investing in high-quality, affordable child care. This project is part of an effort by the National Women’s Law Center, […]

January 13th, 2015|Categories: Advocacy Hot Topic, Infants and Toddlers||0 Comments

Congress Returns

The 114th Congress began last week formalizing the leadership choices and committee assignments and setting in motion some early legislative actions in both houses.  This week the Senate is expected to begin debate on an approval of the Keystone pipeline.  The debate is expected to take up to two weeks.  On the House side members are expected to take […]