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ASK SENATOR MURRAY TO PRIORITIZE EARLY LEARNING IN COVID-19 RELIEF PACKAGE
Congress is working on a COVID-19 relief package today and will likely reach a deal in the next few hours. Our sources in DC are telling us that more voices supporting child care and early learning are urgently needed so that the package includes enough funding to support this critical industry that is vital to our infrastructure. Our early learning system was already under tremendous burden with programs underfunded and our providers underpaid before these unprecedented times, and now they are in danger.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Effective response to the crisis will not be possible if first responders and essential workers cannot get to work. And economic recovery will not be successful if families do not have access to safe, affordable child care for their children when they go back to their jobs.

According to recent surveys with providers, the US stands to lose nearly half of the nation’s child care capacity in the next three weeks. The early learning programs in Washington that have remained open are struggling with staffing, supplies and food. Nearly 300 programs in our state have closed in the last week representing spots for over 12,000 children. Our child care and early learning providers need significant and immediate economic assistance if they are going to stay open for those who need them now or be able to reopen when this crisis subsides.

Please ask Senator Murray to back the inclusion of a minimum of $50 billion in the relief package for child care and early learning.
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