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Gillibrand backs measure to bring $60B stabilization fund to child care providers

As the future of school remains uncertain in New York, advocates of child care say more funding is necessary.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called on Tuesday for the creation of a $50 billion stabilization fund to help child care providers stay open due to limited revenue amid the pandemic shutdown.


“Our nation was facing a child care crisis even before the pandemic hit, with millions of working families struggling to afford high-quality and safe child care,” Gillibrand said. “Now our nation’s child care providers, and parents who rely on them, are facing unprecedented instability and uncertainty. There’s no recovering from this recession if parents can’t get back to work, and the Child Care is Essential Act will support providers who have been caring for the children of essential workers during this crisis and will ensure that others can safely reopen their doors and help parents get back to work. Congress must pass it, both for our recovery and for our future.”

The measure would create a fund that provides grants to aid child care providers who had stayed open during the pandemic, and those who needed to close.

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