March 13, 2014

Kaine Statement On Passage Of Bipartisan Childcare Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014:

“Today, we put partisanship aside to pass legislation that will improve the daily lives of Virginians by ensuring families have access to quality, affordable childcare. This bill reauthorizes the Child Care and Development Block Grant, which aids more than 21,000 children in Virginia each month, and makes improvements that help ease the burden on parents’ pocketbooks. I’m pleased we came together to support high-quality, low-cost childcare that benefits children during the most crucial years of development.” 

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 reauthorizes the Child Care and Development Block Grant program and makes reforms, including strengthening safety standards and improving access to high-quality care.  The Child Care and Development Block Grant was first signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 to assist working families with the cost of childcare. The program, which serves approximately 1.6 million children in the U.S. each month, has not been reauthorized since 1996.

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