Rep. Katherine Clark is calling for $100 billion in aid for the child care sector in the next relief package and beyond.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy yesterday, Clark, along with 87 House Democrats, called for the next coronavirus relief package to include $50 billion for a short-term stabilization fund to boost child care providers during the pandemic. The lawmakers also pressed for an additional $50 billion in long-term recovery funding.

“For a robust economic recovery, we cannot just maintain the status quo, where providers operate on the thinnest of margins and families struggle to find and afford quality care,” Clarke said. “We must begin to make a comprehensive investment in our early education and care system to ensure the economic and educational future of our country, and the moment to act is now.”

At 4 p.m. today, Clark will outline the need for the relief in a Facebook Live roundtable with child care experts and advocates.


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