Dear House Member:
I'm writing to urge you to support funding for child care to ensure child care providers have the critical supports they need to keep their businesses open and ensure families have access to child care.
Like many industries, child care centers have been struggling and heart broken over labor shortages and rising prices. In addition to raising wages, one way to retain child care staff is to make sure their own kids are able to access care. So ensuring child care workers are eligible for child care subsidies for their own children, regardless of family income, would be a game changer.
Furthermore, child care centers are paid for families who receive child care assistance based on attendance - i.e. only when and if a child shows up for care. If a child care program has families who receive publicly funded child care, and they are absent for one reason or another (like they get sick…which any parent knows happens ALL the time), they don’t get the reimbursement funding for those kids.
This can make for an unstable budget. Meaning it can hurt their business. And if it happens enough, like in the pandemic, they can be forced to close. And that’s exactly what’s happening. Please support funding based on enrollment and increasing eligibility so child care workers can access child care, too.