Congress has not yet voted on sending money for child care to every state. Senator Murray and Senator Kaine’s proposal calls for $150 – $200 billion for child care in the federal reconciliation package to help more families get child care, lower costs, and pay child care providers more livable wages.
Experts Agree: This Proposal is Crucial for Families
A new analysis from the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) shows that more than 1 million new children and their families could benefit from the plan. Hannah Matthews, deputy executive director for policy at CLASP said, “The proposed investment would be a crucial step toward building the child care and early education system that children, families, and workers need and deserve. Matthews added that “to address the country’s longstanding child care crisis, Congress must work urgently to lower costs for families, expand the supply of quality child care and preschool, and raise wages for the early childhood workforce.”
While Congress has not yet voted on this plan, 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 in the Reconciliation proposal, and remain hopeful that Senate will pass it this summer.
This is our only option to fund child care this year after Senate would not pass the Build Back Better Act. That’s why we ask you to join us to urge Senate to prioritize child care in the Reconciliation package and vote yes!
Here’s how you can take action:
- Contact your Senator today to make sure they make the right choice for families, children, and child care providers!
- Learn more about the proposal with this press release and fact sheet from the Senate HELP Committee.
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