by Helen Blank, Director, Leadership and Public Policy,
National Women's Law Center
Over 30 years ago, I started advocating for child care, determined to make a difference in the lives of low-income children and women. Like all advocates, I've seen wins — and I've seen losses. We had one of the latter this week.
But I'm not giving up. And neither should you.
Unfortunately, the Early Learning Challenge Fund, an initiative that would have challenged states to create a new framework for our early childhood system, has been dropped from a bill that would make major changes in the student loan system. The student loan legislation will be attached to the health reform bill likely to be voted on by Congress in the next few days.
So what happened?