NASS Supports the Child Care for Working Families Act

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September 13, 2017
The Honorable Robert C. Scott                                       The Honorable Patty Murray
United States Senate                                                       United States Senate
1201Longworth House Office Building                            154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 2051                                                    Washington, D.C. 20510
The National Association of School Superintendents supports the Child Care for Working Families Act (Senator Murray, Representative Scott), which allows for children of low-income families access to affordable and quality care.
The Child Care for Working Families Act would ensure that no family under 150% of state median income pays more than seven percent of their income on child care. The bill would also support universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all 3- and 4-year olds. Finally, the bill would significantly improve compensation and training for the child care workforce to ensure our nation’s teachers and caregivers have the support they need, as well as the children they are caring for, to thrive.
NASS is committed to high quality early learning, ensuring that educational opportunities are equitable in pursuit of closing the preparedness gap. Research states that high-quality preschools help progressively eliminate achievement gaps through higher grade levels. It is critical for school communities to meet the unique developmental needs of young learners and to better align investments in support of Birth to Third-grade learning. Far too many low-income students begin elementary school developmentally and academically behind their higher income peers. The child care cost crisis puts working families in a difficult challenge causing them to sacrifice the quality of their children’s development. Family financial strain, child security, and educational development are continually at stake for working families with costs increasing by 25 percent in the past decade.
This measure is consistent with the NASS approach to recognizing the continuum of learning from birth to higher education. Our intent is to expand high quality early learning by securing new investments to improve the capacity of preschool and early elementary grade teachers that require special knowledge and skills to meet the unique developmental needs of young learners.
NASS’s dedication to high quality early learning and successfully combatting poverty aligns with the policies detailed in the Child Care for Working Families Act. Thank you for leadership on this issue as we continue to provide world-class professional support to superintendents working to promote educational equity and meeting the needs of families and communities.
Tom Armelino, Executive Director, NASS