FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Suzanne Arnold, [email protected], (609) 610-4957 (M)
Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2020) – Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) applauds its allies in Congress for including $3.5 billion in funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant and $750 million for Head Start in the $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. In addition, child care providers will be able to access Small Business Administration loans which can be forgiven if used to pay wages, utilities and rent or mortgage costs.
“One group of small business owners that have been hardest hit during this pandemic are child care providers. Child care providers make up a $100 billion industry that is often overlooked, yet indispensable to American families,” said Suzanne Arnold, a spokesperson for SCAN. “This stimulus package is a vital first step towards ensuring that early learning and care providers, alongside their employees, are recognized and protected.”
SCAN – together with its nationwide base of 350,000 grassroots advocates – continues to mobilize in support of policies to protect and expand child care and early education. To date, SCAN advocates have sent 35,000 messages to Congress, pushing for robust and flexible funding to help keep child care programs open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Access to child care is indispensable for tens of millions of Americans. When this pandemic is over, businesses reopen and parents go back to work, child care programs will play an integral role in meeting new workforce demands, sustaining local communities and rebuilding the national economy. SCAN remains optimistic that Congress will continue to invest in, and prioritize, child care in the weeks and months ahead.
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