Communities are scrambling to deal with the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. As offices close and health care personnel step in to help us all, child care providers are in need of support. Congress should support the child care and the early learning system as part of the stimulus actions they take.
Early childhood education programs are essential for the millions of children and families they serve and serve an important role during emergency public health and economic emergencies. As schools close, families need back up child care. As communities work to ensure no child goes hungry, child care providers need resources and guidance to help assist families. And, as attendance fluctuates, child care business owners need reassurance that they will be able to pay their bills.
Tell your Members of Congress to include dedicated support for child care in their COVID-19 response.
Congress must provide specific funding that will allow child care programs to weather this growing public health and economic crisis, and preserve the nation’s supply of family child care and community-based child care programs.