PASSED BY THE HOUSE: Congressman Don Young’s Legislation to Expand Access to Child Care Services, Get Parents Back to Work
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020, bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Don Young (R-AK) and Congresswoman Susan Wild (D-PA). This legislation will help expand access to child care services through the remainder of the COVID-19 emergency, aiding parents’ return to the workforce and ensuring that children can continue their learning in an academically supportive environment.
"Now more than ever, 21st Century Community Learning Centers play a critical role in supporting our children through academic enrichment and access to engaging and safe learning environments,” said Congressman Don Young. “Normally, the program focuses on initiatives that occur after school, but these are anything but normal times. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way our children learn, and we must ensure that this critical grant program can adapt. Educators, administrators, and the students they teach need and deserve funding flexibility so that learning can continue during this public health crisis. This crucial legislation takes the steps necessary to ensure that the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program works for students in Alaska and across the country. I am proud to have worked with Congresswoman Susan Wild on this bill, and I am very grateful to my friends on both sides of the aisle for supporting its passage today. As Co-Chair of the House Afterschool Caucus, I want children, parents, and teachers in Alaska to know that they have a partner in Washington, D.C., and I will keep fighting so that they have the support needed to come out of this stronger than ever before."