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Welch Unveils Legislation to Ensure Affordable Child Care for Working Families

September 29, 2017
Press Release

BURLINGTON, Vt. - This morning at Trinity Children’s Center, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), unveiled legislation he is supporting in Congress that will ensure Vermont parents have access to affordable, high-quality early child care. Welch was joined by two Vermont parents, Jay Isakson and TJ Walker, as well Megan Godfrey, Executive Director of Trinity Children’s Center, Lisa Ventriss, President of the Vermont Business Roundtable, and Marianne Miller, Director of the New England Head Start Association.

“Finding quality, affordable child care should not be keeping parents up at night,” said Rep. Welch. “But in Vermont and across the country, child care remains one of the biggest challenges for working families. This common-sense legislation will provide much needed relief to families struggling to find and pay for quality child care.”

Welch, joined by 43 House colleagues, is an original cosponsor of the Child Care for Working Families Act (H.R. 3773), which would provide direct financial assistance to eligible working parents. Specifically, the bill would ensure no qualifying family spends more than 7 percent of their income on child care.  Eligible families include those earning less than 150 percent of their state’s median income. The bill also establishes a federal-state partnership to increase access to preschool, while boosting incomes and training for the child care and early learning workforce.

The Child Care for Working Families Act is sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) in the House and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) in the Senate.