Davis, Emmer Lead Group of 41 Lawmakers in Urging Additional Federal Relief for Child Care Providers Nationwide
A recent survey of providers showed that up to half of the country’s child care capacity could permanently disappear due to COVID-19
U.S. Representatives Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) and 39 other lawmakers sent a letter earlier this week to Congressional leaders urging additional federal relief for child care providers as lawmakers weigh additional COVID-19 relief legislation.
“Many families I represent can only return to work if they have access to affordable child care,” said Davis. “The unfortunate reality is that state and local government mandates geared towards mitigating the spread of COVID-19 have decimated child care providers. That’s why we need to do everything we can to make sure child care providers can stay afloat, otherwise our economy will be permanently held back and families can’t return to work. I will continue to urge Congressional leaders to make federal funding for local child care providers a top priority as we consider additional COVID-19 relief legislation.”
"Minnesota families rely on child care providers to be able to go to their jobs. As our economy begins to rebound and Americans return to work, child care providers will be more critical to working families than ever.” said Emmer. “This pandemic has hit these providers hard. With an increased need for personal protective equipment and less children attending, child care providers have struggled to stay open. These providers offer an essential service and are vital to our economic recovery. I urge all my colleagues to ensure they are supported during this time."
“Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds Congressman Davis for his leadership in ensuring that support for the child care industry is prioritized in Congress. The child care industry is vital not only to American families and children, but also to the economy. Without child care, parents and caregivers cannot get back to work. SCAN will continue to urge policymakers to support the child care industry and is most pleased to have the support of Congressman Davis in this important fight. Strong investment in the child care industry is undoubtedly the first step towards recovery,” said John Gaudette, Illinois State Manager for Save the Children Action Network.
The letter partly states, “…For many Americans, returning to work will only be possible if they have access to affordable and quality child care. However it is important to note that even prior to COVID-19, many families often struggled to find care for their children, particularly in rural areas, and the pandemic has further jeopardized an already precarious industry and threatens to eliminate what few options are available to parents. In fact, a national survey of child care providers showed that up to half of the country’s child care capacity could permanently disappear because of closures and lost revenue due to COVID-19.
“The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act offered child care providers and workers vital relief, namely through the Paycheck Protection Program and supplemental funding through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. While this funding has been essential for providers during this difficult period, we are concerned that without additional stabilization measures, providers will not be able to reopen or remain open through the coming months. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) only one-quarter of the child care market received a Paycheck Protection Loan, yet nearly all providers have experienced operating losses due to the pandemic.”
You can find a copy of the letter here.