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The Build Back Better Act is a once-in-a-generation investment in America’s children and families
The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented upheaval and magnified the hardships of millions of U.S. children and families who were already struggling. Today, many millions more children are hungry, without access to high-quality early education and worried about their family’s economic future. They cannot wait any longer to get the relief they need.
The Build Back Better Act can offer America’s kids and families relief:
At least 30 million more children will have the nutrition they need to thrive.
At least 20 million more children will have access to high-quality and affordable child care.
At least 6 million more children will have access to Universal Pre-K.
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What’s in the Build Back Better Act?
The Build Back Better Act would provide better access to nutritious food in and out of school, expand access to high-quality and affordable child care and guarantee publicly-funded pre-K for all three- and four-year-olds.
- During the summer when school is out, families would receive $65 per eligible child to purchase food
- Families earning under 75% of State Median Income would pay nothing for child care
- No family would pay more than 7% of their income for child care for children under 5 years-old
- All three- and four-year-olds would be guaranteed access to publicly-funded pre-K
- Such access would ensure every child enters kindergarten ready to learn and succeed
Universal pre-kindergarten provides all families with preschool-aged children access to their state or community's publicly-funded pre-kindergarten learning and care program.
With the Build Back Better Act, publicly-funded pre-K for all three- and four-year-olds would be guaranteed. This extraordinary step would expand access for more than 6 million children, saving American families an average of $8,600 per year, per child.
Such access would ensure every child enters kindergarten ready to learn and succeed. Children who arrive at kindergarten without a solid educational foundation are likely to fall behind. Making sure every child has access to high-quality preschool is essential to closing the education gap.
Access to high-quality early education and care is an economic issue, too. The early learning and care industry contributes approximately $100 billion to our economy and employs over 1.5 million people. We can’t afford to lose this income and job opportunity!
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