Progress! Today’s U.S. House Votes Will Help Child Care Programs Stay Open or Re-Open, Support Working Families, and Aid Our Recovery – If the U.S. Senate Does Same
“In passing two bills that make the significant investment in child care we urgently need, the U.S. House of Representatives took a bold step to stave off the collapse of our child care system, which would cripple our economic recovery. Without child care, parents are struggling to work and, as states continue to reopen, this will only get worse, making it impossible for many parents of young children to return to the workforce. Both the Child Care Is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act would ensure a $50 billion stabilization fund for the child care sector at this time when programs around the country are closing and the lack of quality, affordable child care has become a national emergency.
“Especially as we struggle to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, parents need safe, enriching places for their children so they can return to work, and children need safe, enriching early learning opportunities so they can thrive. These bills would provide grants and get funds to providers quickly, provide tuition and copayment relief to families, and prioritize providers that serve underserved populations. The country is counting on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass them in the U.S. Senate, too.”
--Statement of Nina Perez, national director for early learning, MomsRising
“Child care is essential if we are to reopen America. Before the pandemic, the child care system was hanging by a thread due to a history of insufficient funding, and now that thread is unraveling altogether. Without additional support, half of child care centers may close permanently by the end of this year.
“The U.S. House votes today will support and stabilize the child care industry, help working families, and make economic recovery possible – if the U.S. Senate passes these bills as well. In passing the Child Care Is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, the House recognized that recovery is impossible unless we support our child care system so parents can work, businesses and our economy can stabilize, and child care workers get the wages they deserve. We urge the U.S. Senate to quickly pass them.”
--Statement of Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director and CEO, MomsRising