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Congressman Don Young Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Access to Child Care

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman Don Young (R-AK-AL) and Congresswoman Nikema Williams (D-GA-05) have introduced the Care is an Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Act. This bipartisan legislation would require Economic Development Districts to show in their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies how they will increase access to care-based services, including child care.

“Supporting Alaska's working families has always been one of my highest priorities in Congress,” said Congressman Don Young. “One of the best ways to support families is to expand access to quality child care. For many parents, particularly women, a lack of child care reduces workforce participation and stifles upward economic mobility. I am proud to join my colleague, Congresswoman Nikema Williams, as we introduce the Care is an Economic Development Strategy Act. This is a crucial bill to help ensure the needed expansion of child care in Alaska and across our nation. I will continue working alongside parents, employers, and child care advocates to secure an economy that helps working parents thrive.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed how critical child care is to a well-functioning economy,” said Roy Chrobocinski, Senior Director, Federal Domestic Policy, Save the Children.  “Now more than ever, we must ensure that high-quality child care is accessible and affordable so that all parents can return to their offices when it’s safe to do so. That’s why Save the Children applauds Representatives Williams and Young for introducing the CEDS Act, which will help improve access to quality and affordable child care. This is a great step towards our economic recovery and ensuring a better and brighter future for America’s kids.” 

“First Focus Campaign for Children thanks Reps. Nikema Williams and Don Young for introducing the Care is an Economic Development Strategy Act of 2021, which recognizes the essential role that child care plays in making our economy work,” said Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus Campaign for Children. “By ensuring that communities plan for high-quality, accessible, and affordable care that benefits the children who receive it and the professionals who offer it, the bill acknowledges child care as the public good it is.” 

“The Care is an Economic Development Strategy Act is an important step in ensuring families have access to affordable, high-quality child care by prioritizing the critical role of child care in local economic development for communities across the country,” said Sarah Rittling, Executive Director, First Five Years Fund (FFYF). “As we work to strengthen our economy and build a child care and early learning system that works for families who need it, innovative solutions like this bipartisan bill are critical in supporting communities as they plan for the future and invest in child care. FFYF is grateful for the work of Congresswoman Nikema Williams and Congressman Don Young for working to address child care shortages in communities throughout the country.” 

Click here to read the text of the CEDS Act. 

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