Sending Office: Honorable Debra A. Haaland
Sent By:
Mary.Nugent@mail.house.gov

        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current cosponsors (17): 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.

Dear Colleagues,

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.

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.

The one-pager, policy brief, and Moody’s Independent Analysis can all be found here. If you have any additional
questions or would like to join as a co-sponsor, please email Mary Nugent in my office (mary.nugent@mail.house.gov).

Sincerely, 

Deb Haaland

Member of Congress

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