Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: New Child Care Rescue Package Is Essential to America’s Economic Revival
Press Statement

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) released the Child Care Is Essential Act, a new bill that would provide $50 billion in additional federal child care funding for states through the Child Care Development Block Grant program. A companion bill will be introduced in the U.S. Senate next week by Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA). The legislation follows a recent CAP analysis that shows the United States could lose nearly 4.5 million licensed child care slots as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Katie Hamm, Vice President of Early Childhood Policy, released the following statement on the bill’s introduction:

Without robust federal investments like those made under this bill, nearly half of the country’s child care supply is at risk of permanent closure because of the coronavirus pandemic. This toll would suppress America’s ability to rebound from this crisis by making it impossible for parents to find child care, driving up its already unaffordable price, and costing tens of thousands of child care workers—most of whom are women and people of color—their jobs. To help our economy and families thrive, and to give employers certainty that child care won’t prevent their workers from returning to work, Congress should pass this bill and the president should sign it immediately.
The bill’s release comes one day before a new CAP online event: The Workforce Behind the Workforce—Child Care Providers in the Coronavirus Pandemic. The event will bring together child care providers and child care center directors from across the country to talk about the challenges they’re facing in serving frontline families in need, maintaining their businesses, protecting the health of their employees and families, what Congress should do to help, and much more. You can RSVP for the event here.
For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, please contact Colin Seeberger at [email protected].