BREAKING: Congress Sends Bi-Partisan Child Care Bill to President
Today, the Senate voted to pass S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 led by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and Richard Burr (R-NC) and Representatives John Kline (R-MN), George Miller (D-CA), Todd Rokita (R-IN), and David Loebsack (D-IA)
In September, the House approved the measure by a voice vote, sending the amended version of the bill the Senate originally passed 96-2 in March 2014.
S.1086 includes measures to:
• Promote quality child care by increasing state-level investments in activities to improve the quality of care, enhancing states’ ability to train providers and develop safer and more effective child care services.
• Strengthen health and safety requirements in child care programs and providers.
• Improve access to child care by expanding eligibility for participating families and helping families connect with quality programs that meet their needs.
Now that Congress has passed the bill, it heads to the President’s desk for his signature to become law.