Dear Member of Congress:
The struggle has been real and ongoing when it comes to finding high-quality, affordable early learning opportunities for our little ones. Women, particularly women and moms of color, have borne the brunt of this pandemic, with millions of women having been forced to leave the workforce (and much-needed jobs) often to take on caretaking roles. In fact, according to the Census Bureau, just past January some 1.6 million fewer mothers living with school-age children were actively working compared with a year before. That’s a lot of breadwinners pushed out of much-needed jobs.
Supporting child care will not only enable moms to return to the workforce to support their families, it will also help our economy rise, especially as we move forward towards recovery. Right now, the U.S. loses $57 billion each year in economic productivity and revenue losses due to child care—roughly the cost of legislation pending in Congress that would result in major funding and reforms to our current child care system. We must create a child care system that meets the needs of children, families, communities and child care providers.
There is a thankfully solution that would help address this ongoing childcare crisis! Congress has just re-introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, which establishes a child care and early learning infrastructure that ensures working families can find and afford the child care they need to succeed in the workforce and children can get the early education they need to thrive. It would jumpstart our economy by creating roughly 700,000 new child care jobs, help 1.6 million parents—primarily mothers—go back to work, and lift one million families out of poverty.
The Child Care for Working Families Act:
- Makes child care more affordable for working families, by creating a federal-state partnership to provide financial assistance for working families with children ages 0-13
- Expands access to preschool programs for 3- and 4-year olds, by providing funding to states to establish and expand a mixed-delivery system of high-quality preschool programs
- Improves the quality and supply of child care for all children
- Increases wages for child care workers, by ensuring that all child care workers are paid at least a living wage and earn parity with elementary school teachers with similar credentials and experience
- Better supports for Head Start programs, by providing the funding necessary to offer full-day, full-year programming
Stand up for our working families, our children, our child care providers, and our economy by supporting the Child Care for Working Families Act!