Today, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) helped pass a bipartisan bill out of the Senate Education Committee to help low and moderate income families access safe, affordable, quality child care, the costs of which continue to skyrocket.
The Child Care & Development Block Grant Act of 2013 includes several key provisions written by Sen. Franken, including one that provides states with funding to improve the quality of child care for infants and toddlers. Sen. Franken first introduced this provision as a standalone bill, read more about it here.
"Child care is something every working parent in Minnesota worries about," said Sen. Franken. "This bill will help give more parents access to quality, affordable child care and the peace of mind that comes with it."
Other key provisions Sen. Franken included in the bill would:
Improve parents' access to information about the quality of child care available to them, including information about local resource and referral agencies, information on licensing and safety, and information on the aid they are eligible to receive; and
Require states to make reports of deaths, serious injuries, and substantiated child abuse cases available to the public.
Other improvements the Education Committee made to the Child Care & Development Block Grant Act include health and safety safeguards, consumer education requirements, workforce training, mandatory inspections and background check for child care employees, and increased funding to focus on improving the overall quality of child care.