Children’s Campaign Weighs in on Improving Child Care Support for Families

Written by: Bill Jaeger
Date Posted: August 16, 2013

Ensuring that children have access to high quality care and early learning opportunities is a top priority for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. The federal Child Care and Development Block Grant provides the major source of funding for Colorado’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP), which helps families cover the high costs of care while parents are working toward self-sufficiency. This important program, however, is at a point of transition with bipartisan leaders in Congress considering a reauthorization of the program and the federal Department of Health and Human Services considering new rules for the administration of the program.

Last week, Children’s Campaign President and CEO Chris Watney and Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives Bill Jaeger submitted comments on the newly proposed regulations to the federal Office of Child Care. We are excited that the newly proposed rules take a significant step forward in advancing the developmental needs of children in child care settings in Colorado and across the country.  We will continue to advocate at both the federal level and in Colorado to ensure that child care assistance programs promote access to quality care for families that rely on this vital support.

Bill Jaeger

About Bill Jaeger

Bill Jaeger, Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives at the Children's Campaign, has spent the past decade teaching, studying, and working on issues in public education and public policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and a master’s in education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education before working as a public school teacher and administrator in the greater Hartford, Connecticut area for several years. Bill also holds master’s degrees in public policy and political science and worked in several positions in the non-profit sector prior to joining the Colorado Children’s Campaign as Vice President of Early Childhood Initiatives. Bill is a graduate of Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs and enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife, son, daughter, and golden retriever.