ACTION ALERT: Support child care during coronavirus response

Written by: Beza Taddess
Date Posted: March 20, 2020

Our child care workers serve a vital role during emergency public health and economic emergencies, like the current coronavirus pandemic. 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 providers need reassurance that they will be able to pay their bills. While federal support is also required for paid leave, nutrition, and other vital community services, child care and early learning programs operating in all states and across all settings have specific needs.

Tell your Members of Congress to include dedicated support for child care in their COVID-19 response.

Urge Congress to provide dedicated funding that will allow child care programs to weather this growing public health and economic crisis. Congress can take this step by passing Supporting Students in Response to Coronavirus Act. This bill would ensure that there is dedicated funding for child care providers to purchase supplies to sanitize and clean facilities; cover other costs that are necessary to maintain the operation of programs, such as substitute staff or other emergency assistance; and develop and implement procedures and systems to improve preparedness and response efforts. The grants provided would be contingent on state lead agencies’ assurance that provider reimbursement will be based on enrollment, not attendance.

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Beza Taddess

About Beza Taddess

Beza Taddess is the Communications and Policy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. Beza supports the organization’s communications and outreach efforts and is here at the Children’s Campaign as part of the Public Interest Fellowship Program. She graduated from Colorado College in May of 2015 with a degree in sociology.