WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) recently co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to provide assistance for child care providers so they can continue to offer critical, affordable services for working parents during COVID-19.
“COVID-19 has caused considerable strain and major disruptions that the school closures this spring have placed on our children, parents, teachers, and communities in North Carolina,” said Senator Tillis. “This commonsense legislation would provide federal assistance for child care providers so they can continue to offer critical, affordable child care for working mothers and fathers in North Carolina and ensure they have the support needed to protect the health of children and staff.”
The Back to Work Child Care Grants Act of 2020 supports the economic recovery and helps parents go back to work by providing:
- Critical resources to help child care providers reopen and stay open
- Provides 9-month financial assistance for providers to open, welcome children safely, and ensure a robust child care sector is available for families
- Allows states to design state-specific plans to support child care centers, operators, providers in their state
- Sends funds to child care providers more quickly without administrative red tape
- Safe environments for children
- Requires all providers receiving assistance to follow all state and local health and safety guidelines
- Requires states to ensure a diverse field of child care setting options for parents, including center-based, family child care, and faith-based options
For a one-pager on the proposal, click HERE.