Proposed federal bill would improve child care for more than 11,000 Colorado kids
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) recently released an analysis and state-by-state funding guide of a recently proposed federal budget reconciliation package that would provide billions in child care support for children and families. The bill, released by U.S. Senators Patty Murray and Tim Kaine, allocates $72 billion in additional Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) funds over a 6-year period, building out the child care sector and supporting the early childhood workforce.
In Colorado, this would mean more than $103 million annually to increase quality and access of child care services for more than 11,000 Colorado kids. These funds would also provide more than $34 million annually over 6 years to support the early childhood workforce through wage increases and supply building. The proposed bill also establishes a pilot program that that would expand child care assistance, increase access to preschool and Head Start, and raise Head Start teacher wages. To view the full table of how these funds would be distributed in each state, click here.
For generations, our government has historically underfunded our child care system. While the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the nation’s longstanding child care crisis, it has also reinforced the importance of child care for our families and economy. Parents, and especially women of color, are being forced out of the workforce as the cost-of-living skyrockets – with child care being one of the most expensive costs for families. If passed, these resources would come at a critical time for both families and the early childhood workforce.
For far too long, the early childhood workforce, advocates, and families across the country have been fighting for equitable access to affordable child care, and better pay and working conditions for child care providers and caregivers. Every child and family deserve access to high-quality, affordable child care, and there is no better time for our government to make meaningful public investments in our early childhood system. Learn more about the proposed bill here.