Real help, right now: The Pennsylvania Emergency Childcare Act
As school districts across Pennsylvania turn to remote virtual learning to mitigate community spread of COVID-19, millions of school-aged children with working parents will need access to full-day childcare.
Parents who work essential frontline jobs and careers may now face the impossible choice between losing employment or paying for childcare.
The PA Emergency Childcare Act would help these families pay for safe and reliable childcare so that they can stay employed, continue to power Pennsylvania’s economic recovery and help keep Pennsylvanians safe, fed and healthy.
PECA seeks to expand qualifications for childcare subsidies to families with income above the current threshold for coverage under the PA Child Care Works Program and to create the Childcare for Essential Workers Grant Program. These programs would help parents meet the needs of their school-age and preschool children throughout the pandemic and help families navigate the world of virtual learning. Providers could include daycares, churches, individual providers and even family members.
The faster the General Assembly delivers legislation to Governor Wolf, the more critical support can be delivered to working families.
Please tell your state lawmakers and General Assembly leaders to pass PECA to expand Child Care Works and help fund the Childcare for Essential Workers Grant Program for families who need real help, right now.