As Congress continues to work on a second COVID stimulus package, the RIght from the Start campaign recently wrote to Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse urging them to include at least a $10 billion investment to stabilize our nation’s critical child care sector:
Now, more than ever, children are in need of consistent and nurturing caregiving and access to early childhood, afterschool, and summer learning opportunities. Parents are in desperate need of safe options so they can return to work. Rhode Island needs to maintain a stable supply of healthy, safe, and quality child care options.
An investment of $10 billion for our nation’s child care sector in a second federal stimulus package would mean more than $20 million that would flow to Rhode Island’s child care system. This funding is desperately needed to stabilize our child care providers and child care workforce so they can continue to serve Rhode Island’s children and families.