Child care is breaking the family budget of too many New Jersey families, often exceeding the costs of housing, tuition, transportation and food.
Earlier this week, Senator Bob Casey (D) and Representatives Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Lois Frankel (D-FL) introduced the “Child Care Access to Resources for Early-Learning Act (the Child C.A.R.E. Act).” This bill is a landmark bill, expanding access to affordable, high-quality child care to support working parents in balancing work and family needs while promoting the early development of young children. This legislation, modeled after President Obama’s proposal from early 2015, would invest new funds to guarantee high-quality child care for low and moderate income infants and toddlers, enhance support for both parents and children, and strengthen quality with support for child care providers.
Please ask your U.S. Senators and Representatives to support and co-sponsor this exciting child care bill to support working families across the nation. You can take action by visiting http://capwiz.com/naccrra/home/ and send a message to your legislator by using Child Care Aware of America’s pre-crafted messaging. Please share this link with family and friends on social media using the hashtags #ChildCareWorks and #InvestInKids.
You can learn more about Child Care Resources’ early care advocacy efforts by visiting http://ccrnj.org/advocacy/.
Have you had difficulty finding or paying for child care? Have you missed days at work due to child care problems? If so, you can share you story to help policymakers understand that they need to work to improve the quality of child care and make child care more affordable. Click here to share your story with the New Jersey Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NJACCRRA). All stories will be kept confidential and will be used solely to help improve the safety, quality and affordability of child care.