This Democratic Bill Could Become America's First Comprehensive Child Care Program

It’s a new version of an old proposal from two Democratic lawmakers. But this time, a version could actually pass.

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It’s a new version of an old proposal from two Democratic lawmakers. But this time, a version could actually pass.

It’s a new version of an old proposal from two Democratic lawmakers. But this time, a version could actually pass.

, warning darkly that it favored “communal approaches to child-rearing” rather than a “family-centered approach.”I think most of the members of the Democratic caucus recognize that millions of women dropped out of the workforce because they couldn't get child care.

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Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.)Lawmakers did manage to pass some other, more targeted federal initiatives that remain in operation today. Among the most important is the 1990Child Care and Development Block Grant, which gives states money to subsidize care for low-income families. But because it’s a block grant, the funds are limited. The supply of subsidized slots frequently runs out long before the demand, which is a big reason the program reaches only

1 in 7 eligible families.With such little federal help, child care has remained largely an individual burden on parents rather than a public responsibility. And inevitably, women have borne the brunt of it, forced to cut back hours or stop working simply because they can’t find or afford reliable care. headtopics.com

A New Generation Of Lawmakers Is Paying More AttentionThat gender split also helps explain why the issue received so little attention in Washington until recently: It didn’t resonate in a Congress where most of the lawmakers were older men.Murray, aformer preschool teacher

, remembers that time as well as anybody. In a recent interview, she recalled discussions with her husband when their kids were little about who would quit their job because they couldn’t find child care. When she got to the Senate in 1993, after campaigning as “

just a mom in tennis shoes,” she was one of just seven women in the chamber ― and had a hard time finding colleagues who had similar experiences.“I felt like people here were not facing the reality that me and so many of my peers were facing,” Murray said.

Today things are different. Murray is one of 24 women in the Senate and part of abroader political sisterhoodthat includes both the Speaker of the House and the Vice President. “We have more members of Congress who are working women themselves, or men whose wives are working and they’re dealing with [child care] as much as everybody else,” Murray said. headtopics.com

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Tom Williams via Getty ImagesRep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) knows that a serious child care program would require a lot of new government spending. But he thinks his colleagues finally understand why it's worthwhile.Another factor pushing child care to the top of the agenda has been the persistent, behind-the-scenes work of advocacy and research organizations documenting the costs of America’s weak child care system, both in terms of child welfare and to the economy as a whole.

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$10 per day daycare is absolutely doable—the pandemic proved itMany provinces' emergency child care solutions during the pandemic are proof that a well-designed, national child care program can be flexible, responsive and meet the needs of modern working parents.

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