Last month we celebrated the Month of the Young Child. Everywhere, we focused attention on the needs of young children and their families and recognized the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. Well, almost everywhere. The White House recently released its FY2018 "skinny" budget. The funding cuts in education are big, and, unlike the past few budgets, early learning is not even mentioned. Remember, this is just a proposal, and Congress will use this guidance as they draft their next funding plan for the government. Meanwhile, Congress is finalizing the FY2017 budget this week – it’s over 7 months late. That is a long time for our children to wait. And while many programs supporting young children have been spared the knife, the administration promises to be more forceful next time. From the comments (and tweets) made, we could not be in a more perilous time for our children and ensuring that they get equitable opportunities to high-quality early learning.