The HEROES Act, introduced on May 12th in the House, includes critical supports to stabilize families and communities — including expansions in access to paid sick and family leave, getting cash to families, additional nutrition benefits, and investments in housing assistance — yet the legislation falls woefully short on support for child care. The investments provided in this bill for child care are not sufficient to meet the bill’s goals of honoring our heroes, supporting families, safely reopening our economy, and restarting businesses. The HEROES Act provides only $7 billion in dedicated funding for child care through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), far below what is needed. In fact, if spent immediately to address the full range of families’, providers’, and educators’ needs, this funding level would not even cover a full month of estimated stabilization costs.

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