Sending Office: Honorable Debra A. Haaland
Current cosponsors: Barbara Lee, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jamie Raskin, Mark Pocan, John Larson, Steven Horsford, Grace Meng, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan, Ayanna Pressley, Betty McCollum, Frederica S. Wilson, Alcee Hastings, Ann
Kuster, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Veronica Escobar, Chuy Garcia, Sheila Jackson Lee
Endorsed by: National Women’s Law Center; National Education Association (NEA); American Federation of Teachers (AFT); All Our Kin; Coalition for Social Justice; Zero to Three; Center for Law and Social Policy; Service Employees
International Union; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); National Partnership for Women & Families; Community Change Action; James Heckman, a Nobel Laureate economist; Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director of the Georgetown
Center on Poverty and Inequality; Chris Herbst, Associate Professor at the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs; Alison Baulos, Executive Director of the Center for the Economics of Human Development at The University of Chicago; Mehrsa Baradaran,
Author of The Color of Money.
Please join me in cosponsoring H.R.3315, the Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act. The bill would ensure that every family has access to high-quality, affordable child care and early learning opportunities by establishing
a network of federally-supported, locally administered child care options.
This is a bold and comprehensive proposal that would level the playing field for children and remove the burden of childcare from parents. As a single parent, I know first hand the difference that access to free quality care could make to families
and children (as I
described in a piece in The Hill). The bill:
Ensures universal access: This legislation provides a mandatory federal investment to establish and support a network of locally-run Child Care and Early Learning Centers and Family Child Care Homes so that every family, regardless
of their income or employment, can access high-quality, affordable child care options for their children from birth to school entry.
Guarantees affordability: Families below 200% of the federal poverty line (about $51,500 for a family of four) could access these child care options at zero cost. Families with higher incomes would pay a subsidized fee on a sliding
scale based on their income, as in the military child care program. No family would pay more than 7% of their income for these public child care options.
Invests in child care workers: The legislation ensures parity by requiring that wages and benefits for child care workers be comparable to those of similarly-credentialed local public school teachers, and invests in worker training
and professional development modeled after the military child care program.
Provides high-quality, essential developmental services: Centers and Family Child Care Homes will meet high-quality standards based on current U.S. military child care and Head Start program standards. Providers would receive support
and time to meet new requirements, which would focus on early learning and social-emotional development. Like Head Start, the program would offer a full range of comprehensive mental and physical health, dental, and other services to children who need them
in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes children’s holistic growth and development.
Includes pre-kindergarten (pre-K) educational services: The network of Centers and Family Child Care Homes would provide pre-K curriculum and educational services for children before they enter kindergarten. This legislation would
also incentivize states and cities to expand their investments in early childhood education.
More details can be found in the policy brief
here. High-quality child care, that is free for those families who need it and affordable for all, has the power to transform the lives of millions of families across America and I hope you’ll join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
If you have questions, or would like to join as a co-sponsor, please email Mary Nugent in my office (email@example.com).
Member of Congress
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