Moms, dads, and concerned people from around the country need you to move forward on solutions that can help us and our families! We urge you to make comprehensive, high-quality child care and Pre-K system for families a reality in reconciliation!
Parents and caregivers have been overwhelmed for a while now, and the struggles we face today are not new. Our struggles are coming to a head now because we shouldn’t have had to face so many things on our own, all at the same time, with no or little support for so long. As parents especially, we carry so many societal burdens directly on our backs as many of us try to work, raise kids, keep everyone healthy, keep a roof over our heads, afford food, take care of our elders. It is just too much.
Yet history has shown us that even during a time of immense crisis, we can rise to the challenge to truly support our children and families. U.S. Senators MUST move forward on child care and universal pre-k so parents can work, children can thrive, and care workers can earn a living wage!
This past week was the one-year anniversary of the American Rescue Plan, which included nearly $40 billion to provide relief to families and the child care sector, on top of the previous child care relief funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRSSA). These pieces of legislation helped prevent nearly 75,000 permanent child care closures, saving more than 3 million spots for young children who need care and education during an unprecedented global pandemic. As we hopefully near the end of this particular historic crisis, let’s not return our families back to the long-running child care crisis that some lawmakers are refusing to address.
We have the resources but we need the political will to do the right thing. We urge you to make comprehensive, affordable, high-quality child care and Pre-K systems a reality!