WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP), announced her co-sponsorship of the Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act (CCCERA), a bill that would provide $430 billion in funding to address the national childcare and education crises and provide relief to students, families, schools, and educators across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we work to mitigate the harmful effects of the coronavirus on the health of the public and our economy, we must also take steps to ensure that those working to provide our children with care and an education receive the support they need,” said Senator Rosen. “This legislation will help to provide much-needed funding to schools, child care providers, and child welfare organizations in Nevada and across our country as we work to overcome this pandemic. I will continue working in Congress to support our children and to protect their future.”
BACKGROUND: The $430 billion Coronavirus Child Care and Education Relief Act would include several of Senator Rosen’s prior requests:
- In June, Rosen joined a letter to Senate leadership calling for at least $175 billion for K-12 schools through the Elementary and Secondary Education Relief Fund in any future coronavirus relief package.
- In May, Rosen joined a letter to Congressional leadership calling for significant funding to be allocated to Federal TRIO Programs to support vulnerable students and their families impacted by the coronavirus.
- In May, Rosen joined a letter to Senate leadership requesting an additional $1 billion for programs and education for English learner (EL) students, teachers, and families in the next coronavirus package.
- In April, Rosen joined a letter calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to have equal access to emergency financial aid grant funding provided in the CARES Act.
Last month, Rosen helped introduce the Child Care is Essential Act, which would provide $50 billion for stabilization grants to child care providers to help them meet their heightened costs, backfill limited revenue due to COVID-19, and provide tuition relief to working families. In May, Rosen helped introduce the Emergency Educational Connections Act, which would provide $4 billion for the federal E-rate program, ensuring K-12 students have greater home internet connectivity and devices during the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, Senator Rosen helped introduce the Small Business Child Care Investment Act, S.2549, bipartisan legislation that would make non-profit child care providers eligible to participate in all loan programs available through the Small Business Administration (SBA). Currently, these non-profits are only eligible to access SBA microloans. By increasing access to additional resources through the SBA, this legislation will support these providers in expanding the availability of high-quality child care for working families.