We Need to Fund #ChildCare in the Next Stimulus Package!

In a few days, Congress will be identifying funding priorities that will address the economic crisis our nation is facing since the beginning of the pandemic. We need to tell them:

Child care, “the workforce behind the workforce,” must be a Congressional priority and adequately funded.

While the CARES Act provided much-needed assistance to child care programs that were closed and those that were opened to serve children of essential workers during the first few months of the pandemic, that funding dries up at the end of this month. The future of child care will be in danger come August. Centers that are open are facing higher costs linked with ensuring the safety of children and staff, for cleaning supplies, PPE and additional staff. They are also experiencing lower enrollment, because either parents remain unemployed and do not need child care or they are uncomfortable sending their children to group care right now.

Without federal help, the future of child care throughout our state is in jeopardy. And when child care is in jeopardy, so is our economy’s recovery. Parents will not have access to the programs they rely on to care for and educate their children so that they can go to work.

We need to tell the entire New Jersey Congressional Delegation to be child care champions and urge Speaker Pelosi and other Congressional leaders to provide $50 billion to stabilize the child care industry in the next stimulus package so that families can return to work knowing their children are safe!

Click here to sign our petition and send an email to your Congressional representatives.

5 Responses to We Need to Fund #ChildCare in the Next Stimulus Package!

  1. Yadira Trimino July 28, 2020 at 6:50 pm #

    Congressman Sires,
    Please help us continue to provide services to the needy children of West New York! I remember when we opened our doors 20 years ago, you were the current Mayor of our fine town. We supported you then and need your support now! Please don’t make us lose our businesses in West New York! We rely on you and your dedication to our community. Please think of all the parents that will not have a place to take their children ages 0-13 if we are forced to close. As a result, they will not be able to work and that will bring big societal issues and leave a devastating impact in our town. I am writing this not only for my business, but for all the daycare centers in the state of New Jersey!

  2. Viviana Carcamo July 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm #

    We need the support for childhood education so that the children of the working class in West New York are able to properly continue their early education. Also, so we, as educators, are able to keep our jobs.

  3. Tiffany Piro August 5, 2020 at 10:16 am #

    We need support financially. Parents are losing their jobs. Parents are scared to bring children. We are at 25% instead of 95% attendance. We have been in a successful business for 21 yrs and this may be a last year.

  4. Theresa Martinez August 6, 2020 at 9:06 am #

    We are in desperate need of help. Covid 19 has left many families with a financial burden and are getting back to work slowly. Our low enrollments are barely helping us with our necessary expenses. Please help

  5. Tawana Butler August 6, 2020 at 10:04 am #

    When we are unable to provide vital childcare services to working families, it not only effects us as small business owners, it affects the children and families who are entitled to access to quality early childhood education just as school aged children are entitled to a quality education. In truth, we provide more than just care for young children, we are a critical component to how our communities operate and are sustained. When parents can’t work due to the lack of childcare, it not only effects the family and keeps parents from being able to work and provide for their families, it ultimately effects the economy. It’s imperative that we all survive! We need your help to keep our businesses open, our families working and our economy flowing. Allowing the childcare industry to fail could have lasting detrimental effects.