WASHINGTON, D.C. - Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (MA-5) released the following statement following the passage of the child care and early education provisions of the Build Back Better Act out of the Education and Labor and Ways and Means Committees.

“Child care is and has always been essential economic infrastructure. It enables our children to thrive, our parents to provide, and our economy to flourish. Yet, for far too long, we have underinvested and undervalued the power and potential of early education and child care. The pandemic brought this to light when it nearly broke our already fragile system. 

“Since the start of my career, expanding affordable child care has been my top priority. Today, under the leadership of President Biden, House Democrats took a major step forward in building a new future for America’s children, families, and care workers through the Build Back Better Act. The provisions outlined and passed by the Education & Labor Committee and the Ways & Means Committee will make quality child care a reality for every family and provide the necessary resources to support child care providers and their facilities. Today, we make certain that child care is infrastructure.”