This act would ensure universal access to child care and early learning programs by providing a mandatory federal investment and support for a network of locally-run programs, so that every family, regardless of income or employment, can access high-quality and affordable child care. Families below 200% of the federal poverty line could access these childcare options at zero cost, and there is also a sliding-fee scale based on income. No family would pay more than 7% of their income for public childcare options. Additionally, the act would require wages and benefits for childcare workers be comparable to those of similarly credentialed local public school teachers.
House - 04/28/2021 Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor (Updated 5/11/21)