Press Release

New Child Care Bill Would Expand Access and Quality of Child Care, Addressing Stark Gaps in Current System

Posted on September 14, 2017 Issues: Child Care Child Care & Early Learning Child Care NOW

(Washington, D.C.) The Child Care for Working Families Act, introduced today by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), would amend the Child Care and Development Block Grant so that no family under 150% of State Median Income would pay more than 7% of their income on child care. It would also increase workforce training and compensation, increase the supply of child care for areas with notable shortages, and improve the quality of care.

The following is a statement by Helen Blank, Director of Child Care and Early Learning at the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):

“Child care isn’t a luxury item. It’s an absolute necessity for millions of working parents and their children. It’s unacceptable that millions of workers simply can’t afford it. Instead, they’re forced to cobble together piecemeal arrangements that don’t serve them or their children well. The new bill addresses this stark reality and offers a bold proposal that would dramatically expand child care access and quality— and raise the wages of a severely underpaid child care workforce. Members of Congress need to get behind this bill that tackles serious gaps in our child care system and backs hardworking parents and their children.”

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For immediate release:  September 14, 2017
Contact:  Maria Patrick (mpatrick@nwlc.org)

The National Women’s Law Center is a non-profit organization that has been working since 1972 to advance and protect women’s equality and opportunity.  The Center focuses on major policy areas of importance to women and their families including economic security, education, employment and health, with special attention given to the concerns of low-income women.  For more information on the Center, visit: www.nwlc.org.