This month, the United States Senate will decide if they will send money for child care to every state.
The Senate can secure money for child care through the process known as Reconciliation. This process is how Congress directs Senate committees to adjust their spending. Since the Senate would not pass the Build Back Better Act, which provided full child care funding, the Reconciliation is our only option for child care funding this year.
We remain hopeful that the Senate will approve the package before Memorial Day. We need to make sure that we can count on every Democrat in the Senate to vote yes!
Here’s the Latest Update on the Senate’s Plan:
Senator Murray, Senator Kaine, and others are proposing $150 – $200 billion for child care in the federal reconciliation package to:
- Help more families get the care they need
- Give child care providers with better pay, including Head Start teachers
- Improve child care facilities
- Make sure that families do not spend more than 7% of their incomes on child care
- Give grants to states for preschool programs for three- and four-year-olds
Our allies at Child Care Aware, the National Women’s Law Center, and many others have been working hard to make sure child care gets included. We ask you to join us, Senator Warren, Senator Murray, and many others to help get the reconciliation package passed in May!
Here’s how you can take action: