Important Info on Child Tax Credit Payments
September 13, 2021

We want to share with you the latest information as it relates to the Advance Child Tax Credit 2021. As you know, these payments are an expansion of the Child Tax Credit and allow parents to get up to fifty percent of their credit in advance by the 15th of each month, between July 15 through December 15, 2021. The remaining portion of the credit can be claimed when the parent files their tax return next filing season. This money can quickly add up to a significant amount and can help parents who have been struggling financially.
Click here to access the Child Tax Credit Update Portal.

Although the IRS has already issued advance payments to over 39 million households based on information provided on their 2020 tax returns, there may be some families missing out, because the IRS does not have the most current information available, such as mailing address, or financial account information to receive the convenience of direct deposit. As a result, this week’s message focuses on the new address feature on the Child Tax Credit Update Portal, which is available on Generally, updates entered into the portal can take up to seven calendar days to be reflected on an account. As a result, if a parent would like their advance payment mailed to their new address in time for the fourth installment (October 15 payment), then the information must be entered into the portal no later than October 4, 2021.

Click here to access the Child Tax Credit Update Portal.

Sadly, since the start of the pandemic there has been an increase in tax scams involving Economic Impact Payments, unemployment compensation, and now advance child tax payments.  Please be vigilant!

Click here for a video on how to avoid phishing scams!  
Thank you to Filomena Trujillo-Mealy, IRS Communication & Liaison, for this info.

Let your U.S. Legislators know that you want them to ACT NOW!
September 9, 2021

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

While Congress provided funding for childcare centers to help keep their doors open, this was not a long-term solution. The issues need to be fixed once and for all. We need to provide teachers a higher livable wage so that they can come to work and take care of our children. We need to build a better infrastructure to support the childcare industry now and for years to come. These children are our future!

CLICK HERE to let your U.S. Legislators know that you want them to ACT NOW!

Calling on ALL Child Care Advocates to ACT NOW!
September 2, 2021

Child Care is infrastructure, connecting work and jobs. Child care is what makes all other work possible! Yet did you know that Child Care and Early Education work is one of the lowest-paid professions in the U.S.?
We are losing our workforce because they cannot live on poverty wages.

The time to ADVOCATE for robust investment in child care is NOW.
Click here to ACT NOW.

The lack of affordable high-quality child care costs about $57B a year in lost productivity, wages, and our economy. We need to create a child care system that meets the needs of children, families, communities, and child care providers.

We are calling on all stakeholders to SPEAK OUT for HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE, and ACCESSIBLE Child Care and Early Education. It is as simple as clicking here to let your U.S. Legislators know that you want them to ACT NOW!

Click here to SPEAK OUT for HIGH QUALITY, AFFORDABLE, and ACCESSIBLE Child Care and Early Education!

August 25, 2021

As you are well aware there are many different proposals coming from the White House and Congress this summer that will provide the largest ever investment in America’s child care system. For the first time ever we have the attention of our federal lawmakers. Due to Covid-19 they now know that saving child care and early education for the long term is ESSENTIAL to children, families, employers, and our economy. They also know that high-quality care and education is not accessible and affordable for all. Now that we have their attention every ESSENTIAL child care professional receiving this newsletter has the opportunity and most of all the responsibility of being a VOICE for children, families, and yourself. I hope by sharing this information with you that has been provided to us by one of our advocacy partners, Child Care Aware of America, we can count on everyone letting their federal legislators know what you need to be a high-quality and sustainable early care and education business and educator. REMEMBER YOU ARE ESSENTIAL and YOUR INPUT REGARDING THIS MATTER IS ESSENTIAL!
This is a serious call to action. Please take the time to see what is on the table and contact your members of Congress.
Cindy Lehnhoff
Director of the NCCA
Click here to ACT NOW.

Many policy proposals that are aimed at improving child care have already come out of Congress and the White House this year. Policymakers at the federal level increasingly recognize the urgent need for long-term, sustainable investment in America’s child care system. CCAoA’s new two-part blog series breaks down what’s included:
Child Care Proposals from Congress
Child Care in Proposals from the White House

As Congress and the White House continue to negotiate over which policies will ultimately be included in infrastructure and budget bills this summer, make sure you know what has been proposed already with our blogs. Once you have, contact your Members of Congress and tell them to support sustainable, long-term federal investment in child care that makes high-quality, affordable care a reality for families.

Thank you to Child Care Aware for this info.

August 23, 2021

Congress is moving forward with a reconciliation bill that could include the long-term, sustainable investments in child care that parents and providers are desperate for. Your Members of Congress need to hear from you about why these investments are vital to creating a more equitable, affordable, and accessible child care system in America.
Speak up for child care now!

Thank you for your continued advocacy,

Anne Hedgepeth
Senior Director of Federal and State Government Affairs
Child Care Aware® of America

Cindy Lehnhoff
Director of the NCCA

July 31, 2021

Lawmakers in D.C. are working out the details of the next federal budget, which could be transformative for child care. But these critical investments aren’t promised and we have to fight to ensure that child care isn’t sacrificed during these budget negotiations. We need a game-changing investment in child care, and we need it now. Why? The pandemic has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that child care is the backbone of our economy. We can’t go back to the broken pre-pandemic status quo. We must ensure that: Families can afford child care (adding up to no more than 7% of their income)Families can actually FIND child care. Child care workers earn a living wage
Tell your elected officials: Fund child care now!

Funding child care now means that women and families will have a chance at a real recovery. Now is the time for Congress to address America’s child care crisis with a significant investment in our early education system to ensure every family can access the care options that work for them. This is a crucial moment for the future of families and child care providers. Your representatives need to hear from you immediately.

Tell Congress: we need child care funding, and we need it now.

Melissa Boteach
Vice President for Income Security and Child Care/Early Learning
National Women’s Law Center


New Info On the Child Care Tax Credit
July 12, 2021

New webinar: New Round of Gov. Funds for ECE
July 7, 2021

Find out everything you need to know about the newest round of government funds and how to effectively use your voice to bring change.

Join us, Tuesday, July 13th at 2:30 PM EST for a discussion with CEO and Founder of InspireCare 360, Tony D’Agostino, ECE expert, our National Child Care Association Director, Cindy Lehnoff, and financial expert, John Rizzo.

In this webinar you will learn…

  • What new government funds are being issued.
  • What these new funds mean for your business.
  • How to effectively use your voice to advocate for more government funds.
  • How to be a part of the decision making process.



NAEYC Child Care Survey 
June 23, 2021

Directors, Educators, and Owners PLEASE take a few moments and fill out the latest NAEYC Child Care Survey. Your responses can make a big difference in helping our decision makers (State and Federal Legislators, Governors, and State Agencies) understand the challenges that child care businesses and educators face as they provide a combination of early care and education to working parents. 

The SURVEY* will close at midnight ET on Wednesday, June 30th. 
*Completed surveys will be entered into a lottery to win a $50 gift card.


The Federal Office of Child Care Releases Guidance for States on CCDBG Funds ($15B) in the American Rescue Plan (ARP)

Lead Agencies in each State are strongly encouraged to prioritize these specific expenditures with the ARP/CCDBG funds:

  • Increasing Provider Payments
  • Improving Payment Policies
  • Increasing Wages for Early Educators and Family Child Care Providers
  • Building the Supply of Child Care for Underserved Populations

For more information on the guidance provided please click HERE.

For more on the dollar amount your State is receiving from the ARP stimulus package, please click here.


More COVID Relief Coming Your Way!
Published 1/25/2021

Dear Members:

As you know, 2021 has begun with the highest increase in Covid-19 cases throughout the United States. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to make doing business as high-quality child care providers and educators more difficult than ever before. As essential businesses, we have continued to keep the doors safely open in order to serve individuals that must go to work.

Fortunately, at the end of December, Congress finally passed a long awaited second COVID Relief Package which includes $10 billion additional dollars allocated to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG).  This is on top of the FY2021 budgeted amount of $5.9 billion for the CCDBG and more than double of what the CARES Act provided previously ($3 billion).

Similar to the CARES Act these funds can be used to:

  • Reduce family copays and tuition.
  • Cover COVID related expenses for child care providers whether or not they are serving subsidy children.
  • Cover the cost of staff salaries.
  • Care for children of essential workers regardless of income.
  • Cover the cost of reopening or operating a center at reduced capacity and more.

It is important to note that the Lead Child Care Agency in your State and your Governor have 60 days from the passage of the bill to report their intentions for using the CCDBG emergency funds.  It would be prudent for all of you receiving this information to contact your Lead Agency and your Governor’s office either by phone or email to provide feedback on what you need to keep your center viable. They will then have until October 31st, 2022 to report how they spent it.

Here you will find additional detail regarding how this money can be used and how much each state is expected to receive of the $10 billion.

It should also be noted that the Biden Administration has already proposed another $40 billion in emergency funds to be provided to child care in another stimulus bill. All the more reason to be vocal with your Governor, State Legislators, and your Lead Agency on what is needed by providers and educators to keep high quality available and affordable NOW and BEYOND. If they do not hear from enough of you, they will make the decision for you. Share this information with parents and business leaders so they know that their voice can also help child care get what is needed to be open and safe during this time. Call or email us if you need help with creating a message that you are comfortable with delivering.

Keep the faith and hang in there! YOU are and have always been the most essential of the essential!


Cindy Lehnhoff
Your NCCA Director


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