Congress is debating a once-in-a-generation plan to invest in our nation's child care and early education system. The American Families Plan would expand high-quality early learning programs — like child care and preschool — making them more affordable and widely available.
Children deserve this opportunity to get the best possible start in life. Send a message to your members of Congress to support this ambitious plan to help kids thrive!
Working parents in our country have long struggled to find high-quality care and early learning programs for their kids. In many states, these programs can cost more than in-state college tuition! And in far too many places, there aren't nearly enough spaces in programs to meet the need. That's why expanding child care and universal pre-K must be prioritized in the upcoming reconciliation package.
This problem is especially difficult for Black, Latino and Indigenous kids, as well as children living in rural America. Their parents often need to drop out of the workforce to care for them, deepening poverty as a result and contributing to a lack of workers.
Expanding access to quality early learning programs will ensure that future generations of children are better prepared to succeed in school and life. These investments pay for themselves: studies have shown that kids who participated in high-quality early education are more likely to have graduated high-school, attend college, and be employed in a full-time job.
As part of the reconciliation package I also encourage you to keep the current expansion of the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit. This would continue to help make child care more affordable for more families by providing tax credits for money spent on child care during the year.
Our children, their parents and our country deserve this opportunity. I urge you to ensure that robust funding for child care and universal pre-K are included in the reconciliation package to be considered by Congress and vote in favor of passage.