LAS VEGAS, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) addressed attendees of the Investing in Child Care to Support Economic Recovery in Nevada conference. In her speech, Senator Rosen discussed the work she and her colleagues in Congress have been doing to make child care affordable and accessible, and the critical role it plays in Nevada’s economic recovery.
“Over the last year and a half, COVID-19 has had a devastating toll on our nation’s workforce, one that has disproportionately impacted working mothers. The number of women in the workforce dropped to its lowest point in 30 years,” said Senator Rosen. “We’re at a moment where we can make real change to benefit our workforce and grow our economy. During these difficult times, we should be giving families one less thing to worry about. We must take important steps to support existing providers, promote expansion and new operations, and help lower child care costs, giving all families access. If we’re serious about supporting working families, then it’s time to prioritize access to quality, affordable child care.”
BACKGROUND: In May, Senator Rosen introduced the Small Business Child Care Investment Act, bipartisan legislation which would prevent the closure of non-profit child care facilities, and help them to expand operations by providing access to the same small business loans available to for-profit child care small businesses.
Senator Rosen is also a co-sponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act, which would ensure families earning less than 150% of the median income in their state would not have to pay more than 7% of their income on child care.