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Council for a Strong America Commends Congress for Prioritization of Child Care in Passage of COVID-19 Stimulus
CSA appreciates the inclusion of provisions that assist the child care sector, an instrumental part of America's economic strength
Council for a Strong America (CSA) expresses its appreciation to Congress for reaching an agreement this morning to pass a stimulus package in the face of the COVID-19 health emergency. We applaud lawmakers for passing a bill that will help mitigate the immense damage that COVID-19 has caused and will cause, including damage to our nation’s economy.
In particular, Congress included measures that acknowledge the pivotal role that child care providers play in our economy, both as small businesses themselves, and as a critical support for working families.
Specifically, the stimulus package creates new operational grants for small business, including child care providers, through the Small Business Administration (SBA). It also expands small business loans and loan forgiveness for small businesses, with additional provisions that will help providers stay open by covering mortgage and rent payments, as well as providing greater technical assistance for small businesses that do not already have SBA loans.
Moreover, the bill adds $3.5 billion to the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), a vital source of funding that helps lower-income parents afford child care while holding jobs that lead to long term family self-sufficiency. The CCDBG will be as important as it has ever been as our nation begins to navigate challenging economic conditions over the next several months.
“Making sure that child care providers are able to remain open and have the capacity to support our nation’s working families, especially at-risk families, is fundamental to the continued strength of our country in the face of this pandemic,” said Barry Ford, CSA’s President and CEO.
CSA once again thanks Congress for considering the unique challenges of the child care industry, and the instrumental role that child care providers have in serving working families and communities across the United States. This stimulus bill will help child care providers stay open and serve our country’s working parents when they return to work. We urge Congress to continue to address the needs of child care as it moves forward with this important work in the days and weeks to come.
Council for a Strong America is a national, bipartisan nonprofit that unites five organizations comprised of law enforcement leaders, retired admirals and generals, business executives, pastors, and prominent coaches and athletes who promote evidence-based solutions that ensure our next generation of Americans will be successful, productive members of society.
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