Saturday, January 20, 2007

Rand Submits Childcare Bill for Working Families

East End State Representative Anne Rand has submitted a bill that would allocate $7 million a year over the next two years to childcare and early education programs that support working families.

The bill, LD 187, would provide funding for subsidized child care, Head Start and early Head Start programs. Specifically, it would increase subsidy amounts, expand the number of children who receive services, and provide funding for childcare for at-risk families in order to avoid placement of the children in the custody of the state.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. A public hearing has not yet been scheduled, but is expected to take place early in the session.


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