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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 27, 1998
                              CHILD CARE: 

                            October 27, 1998

Today, the President signed the Human Services Reauthorization Act of 1998, which renews and strengthens America's premier early childhood program -- Head Start -- and builds on important progress made in the Clinton Administration to improve and expand Head Start services. This legislation represents an important victory on the President's agenda to improve child care for America's working families.

About one year ago, the President and First Lady hosted the White House Conference on Child Care. The Conference showed that America's families, more than ever, are pressed to find safe, affordable child care. Responding to this critical need, the President has proposed and fought for an historic child care initiative -- the largest single investment in child care in the nation's history -- to help working families pay for child care, build the supply of good after-school programs, improve the safety and quality of care, and promote early learning.

The Republican Congress Blocked Key Elements of the President's Child Care Initiative:

The President Has Made Considerable Progress on Child Care Over The Past Year: