Childcare is facing a crisis in our country.
Quality childcare has long been unaffordable and out of reach for many, gaps that most harm families with low incomes and others pushed to the margins. These inequities also hurt care workers, who are disproportionately Black, Latina, Asian, and immigrant women, and who have historically been paid poverty level wages. Pandemic funding that saved the childcare industry from collapse expired on September 30, which could lead to childcare programs raising their rates or closing their doors permanently, leaving countless working families without the safe and quality care they need. The Child Care Stabilization Act, introduced by Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Senate and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Katherine Clark (D-MA) in the House, would address the impending childcare cliff by investing $16 billion in emergency childcare funding to avert a devastating decrease in the supply of care that would disrupt the lives of families and our economy.
Urge your Members of Congress to act NOW and pass the Child Care Stabilization Act.