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File #: Res 1406-2020    Version: * Name: Child Care is Essential Act (H.R.7027 and S.3874)
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Women and Gender Equity
On agenda: 8/27/2020
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, H.R.7027 and S.3874, the Child Care is Essential Act.
Sponsors: Carlina Rivera , Margaret S. Chin
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 1406, 2. August 27, 2020 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 8-27-20, 4. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - August 27, 2020

Res. No. 1406

 

Resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, H.R.7027 and S.3874, the Child Care is Essential Act.

 

By Council Members Rivera and Chin

 

Whereas, The outbreak of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, has sparked the largest economic recession since the Great Depression, according to the International Monetary Fund; and

Whereas, In May, 2020, The Washington Post indicated that the country’s fragile child care system is at risk of collapse from the reduced enrollments and revenues caused by the COVID-19 crisis; and

Whereas, According to the Center for American Progress, the COVID-19 pandemic has put nearly half of the country’s child care programs in danger of permanent closure; and

Whereas, Child care providers that ensure children are cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic allow essential workers on the front lines to serve our communities and support our economy; and

Whereas, The closure of New York City’s schools, the nation’s largest school district, has directly impacted the well-being of over 1.1 million students by sending families scrambling for resources and child care during a time of economic uncertainty; and

Whereas, The Center for American Progress has emphasized that disproportionate effects in the child care crisis currently keep many women out of the workforce due to the lack of available child care programs; and

Whereas, The New York State Department of Labor reported that New York City’s unemployment rate was 20.4 percent in June 2020, growing over two percent from May 2020 and a rise of 16.4 percent from June 2019; and

Whereas, The Child Care is Essential Act, H.R.7027, introduced by U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro, and S.3874, introduced by U.S. Senator Patty Murray, would establish a $50 billion stabilization fund to award grants to child care providers during and after the COVID-19 public health emergency; and

Whereas, Other industries have received large bailouts to ensure they survive the COVID-19 pandemic, yet child care has not seen the major investments needed to stabilize the industry during the crisis; and

Whereas, To help our economy and families thrive, workers in New York City and across the country should be provided with the child care resources and support needed to help them return to work; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the United States Congress to pass, and the President to sign, H.R.7027 and S.3874, the Child Care is Essential Act.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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08/20/2020