child care

Every member of Congress was asked about child care policy. Only 5 Republicans responded

BY: - November 13, 2023

In September, when billions of dollars in child care funding were about to expire, a Senate subcommittee convened to discuss solutions. It was there that Sen. John Kennedy laid out the partisan tension at the heart of what’s billed as a bipartisan issue. He agreed that child care was an investment in the current and […]

Department of Defense to boost funding for child care in Oklahoma

BY: - October 13, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thousands of active-duty military parents may qualify for financial support to help with child care costs as a federal program expands into Oklahoma. The Department of Defense has announced plans to expand its Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood PLUS initiative to include local providers who are licensed by the state. Military […]

Inflation, federal funding drop off worries Oklahoma child care center owners

BY: - October 9, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — The owners of child care centers face a financial cliff as federal funding that helped stabilize the industry and keep parents working comes to an end. Despite state and federal efforts to increase access for low-income families, day care owners say it’s a daily battle to staff facilities for parents who struggle […]

Democrats push to extend child care grant program

BY: - September 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to extend funding for five years for a pandemic-era child care subsidy program set to expire at the end of the month. The legislation would extend the child care stabilization grant program, which Congress established in 2021 to help child care providers meet additional costs during the […]

A woman holds up a cell phone while holding a baby in a sling.

Oklahoma Voice aims to help shape the conversation and hold those in power accountable

BY: - August 29, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Over the past nine years living here, I’ve fallen in love with Oklahoma. I love its diverse geography from the rolling plains to its tree-covered mountains. But even more, I love its diverse people. I love that in the face of overwhelming adversity, Oklahomans are resilient, generous and, overall, optimistic.   I have […]