Daines Fighting to Help Montana Families, Expand Access to Affordable Child Care

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines this week cosponsored a bill to provide assistance for Montana child care providers to help them offer critical, affordable services for working parents during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Montana’s working moms and dads need access to affordable child care services so they can work to put food on the table,” Daines said. “My bill provides the critical support needed for Montana child care providers to ensure that their essential services are readily available and affordable for Montana families.”

The Back to Work Child Care Grants Act of 2020 supports the economic recovery and helps parents go back to work by providing:

  • Critical resources to help child care providers reopen and stay open
    • Provides 9-month financial assistance for providers to open, welcome children safely, and ensure a robust child care sector is available for families
    • Allows states to design state-specific plans to support child care centers, operators, providers in their state
    • Sends funds to child care providers more quickly without administrative red tape
  • Safe environments for children
    • Requires all providers receiving assistance to follow all state and local health and safety guidelines
    • Requires states to ensure a diverse field of child care setting options for parents, including center-based, family child care, and faith-based options

For a one-pager on the proposal, click HERE. To read the full bill, click HERE.