04/16/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/16/2021 10:37
Washington, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) announced over $632 million for Washington child care providers to open safely, keep workers on the payroll, and lower costs for hardworking families.
'As the dad of two kiddos, I know that working families in our region and around the country depend on affordable and accessible child care. Child care gives parents the opportunity to participate in the workforce and provides valuable educational opportunities for kids. That's why I voted to pass the American Rescue Plan, which included a number of provisions aimed to help child care businesses, enhance access to child care, and support kids and parents alike,' said Rep. Kilmer. 'This bill provides reassurance to families that their kids will be cared for during these unprecedented times and provides stabilization to child care providers who need to maintain their businesses during this pandemic. I'll keep working to ensure Congress takes steps to support child care workers and protect access to child care during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.'
The funding comes as part of two programs Kilmer helped create through the American Rescue Plan:
The funding will go to the state, which will allocate it to specific providers and families.
In addition, Tribes nationwide were awarded over $1.1 billion through the two child care programs.