On March 6, 2018, advocates from the National Women’s Law Center and 16 child care and early learning organizations delivered more than 43,000 petitions to Congress in support of the Child Care for Working Families Act.

This winter, 17 organizations collected petition signatures in support of the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would:

  • Ensure that no family earning less than 150 percent of State Median Income would pay more than 7 percent of their income on child care;
  • Significantly improve compensation and professional development for the child care workforce;
  • Increase the supply of care, especially for low-income children and children with disabilities;
  • Expand the availability and affordability of infant care;
  • Improve the quality of care by allocating funding for quality improvement;
  • Increase funding for full-school-day, full-school-year Head Start;

And expand access to prekindergarten for three- and four-year-olds.
The advocates gathered in the lobby of Hart Senate Building to listen to remarks from Jessica Church of the National Women’s Law Center, Jessica Raven, a MomsRising Member, and Rhian Evans Allvin, CEO of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. After these remarks, we distributed walk packets and advocates set off to deliver petitions to all 100 Senate offices and 24 House offices.

That afternoon, a small group of advocates, parents, and children met with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) who is an original cosponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act. She introduced the bill to the Senate in September of 2017, and remains a big champion for child care.

We hope you enjoy photos from our petition delivery!