Properly caring for our children has always been a critical task, but the pandemic has made that task even more difficult for working families confronting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the closure of schools, summer camps, and sports, child care providers and daycare facilities are being relied on more than ever.
That is why we supported $164 million in aid to New York child care providers in the CARES Act. Months later, however, New York State has failed to distribute most of these funds to the very child care programs and facilities that are relying on aid to stay open.
Through our recent visits to various child care facilities across the district, we have seen firsthand how important their services are to our working families and the broader community.
In addition to calling on Albany to immediately release the remainder of the aid Congress sent to New York, we will continue to work with leaders on both sides of the aisle to further support our nation's child care providers moving forward.
Childcare is an economic, education, and public health issue that demands our full attention. We are committed to ensuring our communities have access to the child care services their children deserve.