Policy Resource

COVID-19: How is Congress Addressing the Needs of Babies and Families?

Download Files Mar 30, 2020

This analysis highlights components of the two relief packages that affect early care and learning, family economic needs, basic family needs, and community supports for families under stress.

Ask Congress to Take the Next Step for Babies!

Infant-toddler advocates know that the COVID-19 crisis will hit babies and their families particularly hard.

Urge Congress to act now

In the past two weeks, Congress has considered two major funding packages to begin to address the spreading economic impact of COVID-19. H.R. 6201 the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020 and H.R. 748 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed by the president on March 27, 2020.

ZERO TO THREE continues to hear from families with infants and toddlers, as well as the child care providers who often care for them, about their experiences coping with financial worries and family stress, which often outstrip health concerns related to the virus itself. And we know from the science that how babies’ experience the current crisis will profoundly shape their early development, with long lasting impacts.

This analysis highlights components of the two packages that affect early care and learning, family economic needs, basic family needs, and community supports for families under stress.

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