Moms Group Urges Congress to Make Childcare a Priority
February 4, 2016
STATEMENT OF KRISTIN ROWE-FINKBEINER, Executive Director and CEO, MomsRising, On the Child Care Access to Resources for Early-Learning Act
“MomsRising and our more than one million members across the country applaud and strongly support the Child Care Access to Resources for Early-learning Act (Child C.A.R.E. Act) that will be introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate early next week. This bill is an exciting step forward in expanding access to affordable, high-quality childcare. Parents need safe, enriching places for their children to be so they can go to work, and children need safe enriching places to be so they can thrive.
“Parents across the nation have spoken: the skyrocketing costs of childcare are breaking their budgets. For many families, childcare costs more than housing, college tuition, transportation, or food. This hurts families and the economy alike. It is time for Congress to take action.
“If passed, the Child C.A.R.E. bill would provide much needed relief to struggling families and a boost to our economy. This legislation would invest new funds to guarantee high quality childcare for infants and toddlers from low-and moderate-income families, enhance support for parents and children, and strengthen program quality and support for childcare providers.
“Making childcare a priority is a critical and smart investment for children, families, and businesses. Children who have high-quality early learning experiences are more likely to succeed in school and graduate from high school. As adults, they are more likely to gain stable employment, and are less likely to be arrested. Moreover, for every $1 invested in high-quality early learning there is a later return of $8.
“This bill is a win-win-win. Investing in early learning helps kids, parents, businesses, and our economy. We urge Congress to step up and pass the Child C.A.R.E. bill to make sure all kids have access to affordable, high quality childcare.”