Exclusive: Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith have a plan to fix the pandemic child care crisis
By Anna North
“Closures necessary to prevent the spread of the virus have left tens of thousands of child care providers without revenue to pay their workers or their basic operating expenses,” the senators note. Their plan would make up for the lack of parent fees during this time to keep closed child care providers afloat, allowing them to keep staff on payroll. The plan also allocates funding to train child care workers on new health and safety protocols, and it provides mental health support. The recent federal stimulus package also provides money to pay closed providers and to help essential workers with child care fees, but child care experts say it is far less than is needed.
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