Sending Office: Honorable Katherine M. Clark
Fund Early Learning and Child Care in a CARES 2.0 Package
Sign on by COB April 10
We hope you will join us in ensuring that any CARES 2.0 package includes additional funding to support early education and child care programs. Child care programs not only have a critical role in educating and nurturing our nation’s children, they are indispensable
to supporting our essential workers during this crisis, and their viability is essential for our economic recovery. Therefore, we are requesting the inclusion of an additional $8.25 billion for the child care sector as well as legislative changes to the CARES
Act to best support child care providers.
This pandemic has forced hundreds of thousands of providers to close and the long-term viability of this critical sector is dependent on additional financial relief from Congress. Based on every available estimate, the $4.2 billion appropriated in the CARES
Act is insufficient to support emergency frontline workers for more than a few months and to prevent other providers from permanently shuttering.
The families of approximately 15 million children under the age of 6 rely on early education and child care programs. Before the pandemic, many child care programs were struggling to stay afloat, and parents were facing a crisis of affordable, accessible,
and quality options. The funding and technical fixes we describe only begin to capture the needs of this industry, and a very significant investment will be necessary in any upcoming recovery package. We hope you will join us in supporting investments in the
system right now, so we can meet the immediate needs and protect this vital sector to our economic recovery.
To sign on to the letter, please contact Frannie Einterz,
Frannie.Einterz@mail.house.gov no later than COB April 10.
Katherine Clark Suzanne Bonamici
Member of Congress Member of Congress