U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that his bill to help Montana families and provide assistance for Montana child care providers to offer critical, affordable services for working moms and dads during the pandemic has been included in the initial Phase Four COVID-19 relief package.
“It is critical that Montana’s working parents have access to child care services so they can work and put food on the table during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Daines said. “I’m glad my bill to support our child care providers and working parents will be included in this COVID-19 relief package and I will continue working to get this done for Montana.”
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.