Eleven states currently report that they have not drawn down any funds provided by the federal government in the stimulus package to help working parents pay for child care. (Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia, which was counted as a state), according to CLASP.
Child care subsidies make quality child care more affordable, support the healthy development of children and help low-income parents access the child care they need to go to work or to school to support their families.
Parents cannot go to work without quality child care for their children. This was part of the rationale for including child care assistance in the stimulus plan. It’s time to get the dollars to the parents who desperately need them.