Sarbanes Votes to Make Child Care More Affordable for American Families and Support Child Care Providers Amid COVID-19

Two Bills Passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Would Help More Families Afford Child Care, Improve Safety and Equipment at Child Care Facilities Across the Country and Deliver Critical Relief to Child Care Providers Weathering the Economic Fallout from COVID-19; Legislation Would Allocate More Than $651 Million in Funding for Maryland Child Care Providers
July 29, 2020
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today voted to pass two bills in the U.S. House of Representatives to extend financial relief and resources to child care providers nationwide and help more American families afford child care.

The Child Care Is Essential Act (H.R. 7027) would support child care providers across the country by delivering critical resources to keep child care services in business and help them safely reopen.

The Child Care for Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 7327) would encourage employers to expand child care services for workers, improve safety and equipment at child care facilities nationwide and help hardworking American families afford child care by expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit.

“Like many businesses, child care providers have struggled to stay afloat amid the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “By delivering targeted relief to this critical sector in our economy, we can provide families with quality and affordable child care services, help parents return to work once we reach the other side of this crisis and speed up our recovery.”

Sarbanes continued: “The bills we passed today will not only extend a lifeline to child care providers across the country – including more than $651 million in federal funding for Maryland child care services – but also improve safety at child care facilities and help make child care more affordable for Maryland families by expanding child care tax benefits.”

For more information about the Child Care Is Essential Act, see here.

For more information about the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act, see here.