Send a Letter: Support the Federal Child Care for Working Families Act

 

“Child care is crucial to the growth, development and educational advancement of all children, and creates a positive economic impact for families and communities. Every family in the United States should have access to a high-quality, affordable child care system.”

Child Care Aware

 


 

Our nation is in a child care crisis that hurts children, families, businesses, and communities. Across the country, families are facing barriers accessing and affording high-quality child care, forcing them to make a difficult decision to raise their children.

Tell your Members of Congress to support the Child Care for Working Families Act!

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The bipartisan Child Care for Working Families Act (H.R. 2817/S. 1360) would help move us closer to a child care system that is child-centered, family-engaged, equity-driven, and community-focused.

Please promote the support of this bill by writing your legislators. Here is a link to find your federal legislators. A draft letter is below.

 


 

Dear Legislator:

The child care system supports children’s growth, development, and educational advancement and creates a positive economic impact for families and communities.

Research by Child Care Aware® of America estimates the national average annual cost of child care to be approximately $10,174, with wide variability across types of care and location. Compare that average to the national median income for married couples with minor children, and it would take 10% of household income to cover the child care costs for one child. For single-parent households, the numbers are even more stark, with 35% of household income needed for child care for one child.

I urge you to cosponsor and support the Child Care for Working Families Act (H.R. 2817/S. 1360), which will:

– Make child care more affordable for the most vulnerable families, by establishing a sliding scale of family contribution to keep each family’s co-payment below 7 percent, the target set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

– Increase the number of children eligible for assistance by more than double and ensure that high-quality slots are available for those children.

– Improve the quality of care in home-based, family, and neighbor settings and during nonstandard working hours.

– Assist with expansion of Head Start programs to provide a full-day, full-year schedule.

– Support universal access to high-quality preschool programs, beginning at age 3, and incentivize the expansion of child care for infants and toddlers.

– Address the functional and access needs of children with disabilities in child care settings by increasing funding under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

– Improve compensation for early childhood educators to provide a living wage.

– Expand workforce training for early childhood educators to help them to improve their practice.

I urge you to support families by supporting the Child Care for Working Families Act (H.R. 2817/S. 1360).

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Your Name

Posted: July 6, 2022 in: Action Alerts, Childcare

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