Under the American Rescue Plan, President Biden expanded the existing child tax credit (CTC) and made it fully refundable, both increasing the benefits families receive and allowing families to receive increments of the benefit monthly. Now we need to make it permanent.
To support child care through COVID and to ensure a robust recovery and an equitable economy in the future, child care requires at least $50 billion in direct public spending to support providers and families.
The coronavirus has revealed and worsened racial inequities across the child care sector. This report explains the origins of long-standing inequities in early education, examines how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated them, and offers recommendations for how stakeholders can address them to build a fairer system.
This brief provides an overview of the unemployment insurance system, new federal benefits available through the CARES Act, and considerations for determining how unemployment compensation can support child care workers during the coronavirus crisis.