From CLASP, April 8, 2020
The bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and enacted on March 27, 2020, includes resources specifically targeted to individuals and families with low incomes affected by the public health and economic crises. The package includes a number of provisions of particular importance to children and families and those who work with them, including policymakers and other stakeholders in child care and early education systems.
States should immediately leverage the provisions in the bill to stabilize child care providers, establish emergency child care for children of essential workers, and provide supports for families and child care providers. These efforts are especially critical for providers—who are often low income themselves, and disproportionately women of color—and for families of color who may be more likely to be facing financial instability due to employment and wage inequities. This fact sheet describes key provisions, considerations, and action steps for how state child care agencies can make the most of resources provided through the Act.