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.