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The American Rescue Act: What’s coming next Done - Shared screen with speaker view
Aliza Plotkin (She/Hers)
13:45
Welcome everyone! Please introduce yourself in the chat.
Barbara Reden
13:54
Barbara Reden, JCC of Greater Buffalo
Malissa Harris
14:07
Malissa Harris, Little Miracles EDC of Columbus Ohio
Rachel Raz
14:24
Rachel Raz, Boston MA
Machaela Whelan
14:30
Machaela Whelan, JCC of Greater Kansas City
Anna Hartman
14:39
Bruchim habaim! Welcome, everyone!
Aliza Plotkin (She/Hers)
14:43
I am Aliza Plotkin from Houston Texas and I am part of the Sh'ma Koleninu team
Sharon Sherry
14:48
Sharon Sherry, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Kathy Pomer
14:59
So happy to be here! Calling in today from Southern Maryland. Proud to be one of the voices from Shma Koleinu!
Alyse Eisenberg
15:22
Alyse Eisenberg, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas
Rebecca Gautieri
15:28
Rebecca Gautieri, Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, MD
Alana Levitt
16:01
Alana Levitt from Los Angeles, CA (still morning here!)
Anna Hartman
16:11
Shellie orients us to where we are in the Jewish year.
Anna Hartman
16:56
We count the days between Passover and the holiday of Shavuot, in a process known as the counting of the Omer. 49 days.
Anna Hartman
18:02
This is a period of the school year that is so busy—on the Jewish calendar, we celebrate multiple modern holidays.
Anna Hartman
18:24
https://www.awayin.org/
Anna Hartman
18:39
Rabbi Yael Levy.
Anna Hartman
18:52
Today is the 15th day of the Omer.
Anna Hartman
21:47
This week the intention in our Omer counting is Tifferet—balance, harmony, radiance, and truth.
Anna Hartman
22:57
Welcome to those just joining us. Shellie Dickstein is giving us a taste of mindfulness, per the rhythm of the Jewish calendar.
Aliza Plotkin (She/Hers)
23:42
Thank you for that moment, so helpful to start our session and week
Sasha Kopp
23:54
Thank you Shellie for that beautiful intention!
Kathy Pomer she/her JCC Association
23:57
That was just beautiful and so meaningful, Shellie. Thank you!
Anna Hartman
24:01
Welcoming Kelsey Grimes at the National Women’s Law Center!
Denise Moyes-Schnur
24:14
beautiful Shellie!! thank you
Rachel Cram
24:49
Thank you, Shellie - a perfect start to this gathering!
Anna Hartman
27:08
Have long needed sustained public investments in childcare.
Anna Hartman
28:13
42% of EC educators incurring personal debt during the pandemic to keep their centers open!
Anna Hartman
29:10
Recall that this $50 Billion was lobbied for over the last year. It came in a few doses, with most of it in the American Rescue Plan Act.
Anna Hartman
29:46
It is our job to make policy makers care about childcare.
Anna Hartman
30:03
We should not limit ourselves by what seems politically attainable.
Anna Hartman
30:30
Need to talk about what the field needs. Need to tell the truth about what is needed.
Alana Levitt
30:57
'not to compromise on our values' -- ASK for what you really need!
Anna Hartman
31:45
Also, the American Rescue Plan Act included a year of tax credits for families—CDCTC.
Anna Hartman
32:11
Also expands child tax credit (which is different than CDCTC)
Anna Hartman
32:32
Also on tax: expands the earned income tax credit (this is a third tax item)
Anna Hartman
33:14
In order to have a child care system that works, need relief spending AND tax credits.
Anna Hartman
33:50
What I see: Centers spending the monies that come in NOT on wages
Miriam Pedler she/her
34:01
amen!
Anita Ip
34:11
Yes please, that's where it starts.
Anna Hartman
34:17
I recently learned that in Connecticut, some of these funds must be spent on wages.
Kathy Pomer she/her JCC Association
34:18
YES SASHA!
Anita Ip
35:50
I would love to see a shift in language: not "child care" but "early childhood education" to start a change in culture.
Natalie Alterman
36:07
^^^^^^^^!
Natalie Alterman
36:10
Agreed, Anita
Anna Hartman
36:14
Also a gap: People who may not be paying taxes?
Anna Hartman
39:00
American Jobs Plan
Alana Levitt
40:38
buy ladybugs for aphids and spray with soapy water then rinse :)
Anna Hartman
42:43
Likely to get 2 spending packages: 1st would be more traditional infrastructure. The 2nd one might be focused on human infrastructure, what Pelosi is calling the Families Plan.
Anna Hartman
43:18
Yes! Two bills makes it easier to leave out the items in the second one!
Anna Hartman
43:56
We do not yet have actual bill text.
Aliza Plotkin (She/Hers)
44:29
This is why this weekend we kept seeing #carecantwait
Anna Hartman
45:01
Why will this be in two bills? Why not one?
Rebecca Gautieri
45:22
Have to go, unfortunately. Thank you. For the future, something on my mind is healthcare for early childhood educators in addition to appropriate salaries, of course.
Alana Levitt
46:08
https://www.clasp.org/issues/children-youth-families
Anna Hartman
46:16
Kelsey suggests CLASP as a resource, which is a way to know more about how your state is using these funds
Anita Ip
48:33
Yes, I agree. This is a band aid for the tip of the iceberg, but does not address systemic inequities nor long-term needs.
Anna Hartman
49:10
seeking: sustained support for childcare
Aliza Plotkin (She/Hers)
49:34
Thank you to the NWLC For voicing this and advocating for change
Anna Hartman
50:13
We must be bold in telling the truth about what is needed. Long-term problems warrant long-term sustained solutions and investments. DO NOT be limited by what is politically possible.
Anna Hartman
51:38
How can we help? NWLC is building a network of childcare providers—on the movement building side of NWLC. In the next week or so there should be a toolkit for grassroots activism.
Anna Hartman
54:37
The childcare for working families act is our North Star.
Anna Hartman
54:46
CCWFA
Anna Hartman
55:27
Transform the CCDBG (block grant) into an entitlement program. In that case, the money increases over time. Entitlement programs are more responsive to needs.
Anna Hartman
56:22
Zero to Three
Anna Hartman
56:25
NAEYC
Anna Hartman
56:41
These, plus CLASP, are the ones who put out the most info about what states are doing wit this money.
Shellie Dickstein
57:40
Who in Congress authored and who is introducing the CCSFA Bill and who is it best for us to pressure?
Shellie Dickstein
59:12
We Are the Backbone! Brilliant!
Aliza Plotkin (She/Hers)
01:00:56
We have learned a lot in our block grant group about how few children are even able to access these funds
Miriam Pedler she/her
01:01:08
Thank you so much!!
Natalie Alterman
01:01:38
Thank you so much! This was wonderful.
Alana Levitt
01:02:02
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Anna Hartman
01:03:00
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