Running on Empty

By Bryce Covert

CONGRESS INCLUDED $3.5 billion in extra funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant in the CARES Act. But it’s a small drop in a vast sea of need. In April, the National Women’s Law Center and CLASP estimated that it was costing $9.6 billion above what the federal government already offers for child care providers to stay solvent each month. Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Tina Smith proposed a $50 billion child care bailout. Republicans incorporated substantially less than that in child care grants in their proposals. But a deal for any relief legislation has been stalled since April. No other federal money has materialized.


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