FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., April 27, 2023 – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Susan Wild (D-PA) reintroduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, important legislation that would increase the supply and quality of child care and cap families’ child care costs. ZERO TO THREE, the country’s leading early childhood development nonprofit dedicated to ensuring all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life, hailed the bill’s reintroduction.
Miriam Calderón, Chief Policy Officer at ZERO TO THREE stated:
We are grateful to Senator Murray and Representatives Scott and Wild for their steadfast leadership on the Child Care for Working Families Act. Their colleagues must demand that congressional leadership advance this critical legislation while there is still time to save the nation’s child care system.
“The system is at the brink, and this bill is our best hope to save it. Babies need safe, nurturing environments to grow and learn, yet that type of care costs more than college. A market-based system that depends mostly on parents’ ability to pay has left most providers not earning a living wage and struggling to meet quality standards. The nation’s economy can’t work without parents, and parents can’t work and thrive without quality child care they can afford.”
On June 21, families from every state and the District of Columbia will meet with their Members of Congress as part of Strolling Thunder™, an annual event bringing thousands of advocates together to call on Congress to Think Babies and Act™ and boldly invest in our babies and our future.
Parent advocates will share their stories and call on their Members of Congress to support a number of policies that benefit babies and families, including the Child Care for Working Families Act. To learn more, visit thinkbabies.org/strollingthunder.