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Bipartisan Advocacy Achieving Results for Children And Families

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Child care is essential to the health and strength of our nation. Today, 26.8 million people in the workforce — 1 out of every 6 — rely on child care so they can work or go to school. Federal programs provide the backbone of child care and early learning in the United States. To make sure all families can find and afford reliable, quality care, we need Congress to protect, prioritize, and build on programs that work. Here is a small sample of current legislation we are watching.

Below is a sample of current legislation we are watching.

H.R. 4571 – Child Care Investment Act

Introduced by Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) and Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR), this bill would update three specific provisions of the United States tax code (CDCTC, DCAP, and 45F) to help strengthen America’s child care system, benefiting working parents, our youngest learners, and helping to provide economic stability across the country.

H.R. 7360 – Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone (PACE) Act

Introduced by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) and Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL), this bill would modernize existing provisions in the U.S. tax code to help more families afford child care, including enhancing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) and increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars families can set aside in Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts.

S. 976 – H.R. 3639 After Hours Child Care Act

This bill helps more working families to access care by amending CCDBG to establish and expand child care programs for parents who work nontraditional hours through a competitive grant pilot program. This would include supporting on-site child care programs at workplaces.

H.R. 7355 – Early Childhood Workforce Advancement Act

Introduced by Reps. Annie Kuster (D-NH), Mike Lawler (R-NY), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), and Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR), this bill invests in career and technical education (CTE) programs, incentivizing more students to enter the early childhood workforce upon graduation.


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