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Congressman Don Young Stands Up for Alaska’s Working Families and Children, Supports Passage of Sweeping Child Care Legislation

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Washington, July 30, 2020 | comments

Washington, D.C. Last night, Alaska Congressman Don Young voted in support of two pieces of child care legislation, H.R. 7027 – the Child Care Is Essential Act, and H.R. 7327 – the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act. Together, these bills provide over $70 billion in funding to support child care services, strengthen the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, and implement emergency relief for parents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information on the Child Care Is Essential Act is located here, and here for the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act.

"As a parent, grandparent, and a former schoolteacher, I know just how important it is to make sure that the parents who are raising our next generation have the support they need to help their children thrive," said Congressman Don Young. "Earlier this month, I joined a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Leader McCarthy advocating for targeted relief for the child care industry, especially as we continue our economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on the urgent need for child care, both in Alaska and across the country. As we approach the fall, many parents may face the decision of choosing between going to work, or staying home to be with their kids. We must be doing all we can to alleviate this stress by standing with Alaska's working families. We can and will come out of these uncertain times stronger than ever before, and Alaskans can count on me to continue fighting on their behalf in Congress."

“A cornerstone to re-opening our economy and giving our Alaskan families the support they need is child care and afterschool programing. The passing of the Child Care is Essential Act and the Child Care for Economic Recovery Act will ensure these vital services are a reality during these unprecedented times,” said Trevor Storrs, President and CEO of Alaska Children’s Trust. “We thank Congressman Young for his votes on these critical pieces of legislation that support Alaska’s children and families.”

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