Hundreds of thousands of child care providers and early childhood educators, serving more than 5 million children, should benefit, according to the administration.
“In America, child care should be readily available and affordable for all of those who need it, child care workers should be paid fairly and treated with dignity and respect, and small business owners who run child care centers must be fully supported,” Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday, noting that many who work in the field are women and people of color.
Child care providers have been deeply affected by the outbreak. More than a quarter of programs have remained closed, according to the White House, pointing to a survey from Procare Solutions, a child care management software firm. And three in five have reduced expenses through layoffs, furloughs or pay cuts, according to a December study from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which the White House cited.
There are 164,000 fewer child care jobs now than there were last year, Harris noted.
Women have been leaving the workforce, often because they have had to care for children whose day care centers or schools have closed or operated on reduced schedules. Since the start of the public health emergency, roughly 2 million women have left the labor force, according to federal data.
Source: CNNPolitics – Breaking News