The House Holds Hearing on Child Care Crisis

February 05, 2020

child care crisis hearing

On Thursday, February 6, the Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee of the House Committee on Education and Labor will hold a hearing on "Solving America’s Child Care Crisis: Supporting Parents, Children, and the Economy." Members of the Subcommittee will hear from four expert witnesses on the child care crisis, including a parent and a child care provider. 

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA)  provided testimony for the hearing to share more information on the lack of affordability and accessibility of high-quality child care nationwide. CCAoA also re-upped calls to pass the Child Care for Working Families Act, provide a $5 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), and invest in Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies.  

Read CCAoA's Testimony

The hearing comes at a time when child care is gaining momentum in Congress. In fact, on the same day, the Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship Subcommittee of the House Committee on Small Business will hold a hearing titled, “Taking Care of Business: How Childcare is Important for Regional Economies.” This increased attention on child care makes now an opportune time to tell your Members of Congress to support the Child Care for Working Families Act.  

Take Action in support of the Child Care for Working Families Act. 

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

Jacob Stewart

Written by Jacob Stewart

Jacob Stewart is currently the Manager of Policy and Governmental Affairs at Child Care Aware® of America. Prior to this, he worked for a U.S. Senator, received his Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, and taught 7th- and 8th-grade math in a public school for three years.