Dear Member of Congress:
Child care is unaffordable for too many families. Parents –many of them moms–are being pushed out of the workforce. There is a critical shortage of child care workers, who earn some of the lowest wages while providing critical care for our nation’s children. Our families desperately need access to affordable, high-quality early learning, which is why we are urging you to co-sponsor and support the Child Care for Working Families Act.
The Child Care for Working Families Act 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
We can unite to create a better future for all families by passing the Child Care for Working Families Act!