S.568 - Child Care for Working Families Act116th Congress (2019-2020)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Murray, Patty [D-WA] (Introduced 02/26/2019)|
|Committees:||Senate - Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 02/26/2019 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.568 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (02/26/2019)
Child Care for Working Families Act
This bill provides funds and otherwise revises certain child care and early learning programs for low- to moderate-income families.
Specifically, the bill provides funds for the Child Care and Development Block Grant program and reestablishes it as a child care and development assistance program. It also allocates program funds for states to provide services and supports to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities.
Further, it revises the program to require each state to, among other things
- create a tiered and transparent system for measuring the quality of child care providers, which must include evidence-based standards and payment rates that are based on a certain cost estimation model;
- assure that copayments are based on a sliding scale and that no family receiving assistance pays more than 7% of their household income on child care; and
- use quality child care amounts for certain activities, such as improving the supply of child care providers who provide care to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities (e.g., professional development).
It also provides funds and establishes grants for states to create preschool programs for low- to moderate-income children between the ages of three and five years.
Finally, the Department of Health and Human Services must make grants to Head Start agencies to (1) provide children with access to full-school-year and full-school-day services, (2) provide access to additional service hours for migrant and seasonal agencies, or (3) enhance the quality of existing services.