DearColleague.us

Letter

Lois Frankel

From the office of:

Lois Frankel

From: The Honorable Lois Frankel
Sent By: kelsey.moran@mail.house.gov
Date: 7/31/2014

Become a Cosponsor of the Working Families Child Care Act

Supported by: AFSCME, CLASP, Children’s Defense Fund, Easter Seals, Early Childhood and Education Consortium, Fair Share, First Focus Campaign for Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Association for Family Child Care, National Black Child Development Institute, National Women’s Law Center, SEIU, ZERO TO THREE

Cosponsors (70): Karen Bass, Corrine Brown, Julia Brownley, Cheri Bustos, G.K. Butterfield, Andre Carson, Kathy Castor, Judy Chu, David Cicilline,  Katherine Clark, Yvette Clarke, Steve Cohen, John Conyers, Joe Crowley, Rosa DeLauro, Ted Deutch, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, William Enyart, Elizabeth Esty, Marcia Fudge, John Garamendi, Alan Grayson, Raul Grijalva, Janice Hahn, Colleen Hanabusa, Alcee L. Hastings, Mike Honda, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr., Marcy Kaptur, William Keating, Ann Kirkpatrick, Jim Langevin, Barbara Lee, Dave Loebsack, Zoe Lofgren, Nita Lowey, Alan Lowenthal, Sean Patrick Maloney, Doris Matsui, Betty McCollum, James McGovern, Jerry McNerney, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Gwen Moore, Patrick Murphy, Jerrold Nadler, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Bill Pascrell, Jr., Chellie Pingree, Mark Pocan, David Price, Charles Rangel, Bobby Rush, Gregorio Sablan, Jan Schakowsky, Terri Sewell, Louise Slaughter, John Tierney, Dina Titus, Paul Tonko, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Carol Shea-Porter, Eric Swalwell Juan Vargas, Frederica Wilson, John Yarmuth

Dear Colleague,

Along with pay equity and family medical leave, access to quality affordable child care is a pillar of the Women’s Economic Agenda, when Women Succeed, America Succeeds.

A minimum wage worker, two thirds of whom are women, earns only $15,000 a year, while the cost of full-time care for an infant in child care ranges from $5,000 to $16,000. This makes infant child care for low wage full-time working parents simply unaffordable without some form of assistance.

Affordability of child care is only one part of the equation. Between birth and age three, babies learn to give and receive love; to roll, crawl, stand, walk, and run; to talk, joke, rhyme, and sing. The quality of their care during these early years can dramatically influence their brain development and future success.

Congress provides funding to states to help offset the cost of child care for low income families through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). Unfortunately, CCDBG lacks sufficient funding to meet the needs of every family who qualifies. It is estimated that only one in six children eligible for federal child care assistance receive help, leading to long waiting lists and unserved children.

To address both the affordability and quality issues, the Working Families Child Care Act would increase by $2 billion the mandatory funding that serves families with infants and toddlers. It would also provide $500 million each year through the CCDBG for grants to states to improve the quality of child care.

I would be honored with your cosponsorship of this much needed legislation.  For more information or to become a cosponsor, please contact Kelsey Moran with my office at kelsey.moran@mail.house.gov or 5-9890.

Sincerely,

Lois Frankel

Member of Congress