Child Care for Working Families Act
After you’ve called or written your congressmen about doubling the amount of money for the Child Care Development Block Grant (see my last blog), please turn to asking them to support the Child Care for Working Families Act (HR3773 and S1806). We consider this the “north star,” for child care – for children, parents, and providers — the guiding light leading to a destination that early care and education advocates would love to reach: a land with accessible, affordable high-quality child care for everyone who wants it.
The Child Care for Working Families Act, which was introduced in September 2017 by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), takes significant steps to expand the availability of affordable, high-quality care, with a particular focus on infant/toddler care. The bill would help families with young children by:
- Increasing access to child care assistance;
- Investing in efforts to improve the quality of care;
- Raising compensation for child care providers; and
- Supporting family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care.
For co-sponsoring the bill, email/call to thank your legislators if they are:
- Chris Van Hollen (everyone)
- Anthony Brown
- Elijah Cummings
- Jamie Raskin
Urge your legislators to sign on to the bill if they are:
- Ben Cardin (everyone)
- Andrew Harris
- Dutch Ruppersberger
- John Sarbanes,
- Steny Hoyer
- John Delaney
Visit USA.gov if you need help finding your legislator’s contact information.
Among other things, the bill provides direct financial assistance to parents to help pay for affordable child care while supporting the professionals who care for children. If enacted, the Child Care for Working Families Act would create 2.3 million new jobs – including those in the child care and early education sector. Additionally, people working in early care and education settings would see their average annual income increase from $26,000 to $33,000. Now that’s real help for the working class!
For more information, read The Child Care for Working Families Act Will Boost Employment and Create Jobs. (The article was co-authored by Ajay Chaudry, who joined several Marylanders, including me, on a panel recently at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.)