WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nexstar) — The $2.2-trillion-dollar coronavirus reduction legislation contains tens of millions in federal funding to maintain childcare amenities open for important staff.
Now it’s as much as every state’s governor to find out the way to spend the cash — and maintain childcare amenities open whereas defending the kids and staff there from the coronavirus.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn says lots of our frontline staff can not battle this pandemic with out daycare for his or her youngsters.
That’s why Cornyn says Congress included $three.5 billion to maintain childcare amenities working, as a part of the coronavirus reduction bundle.
Linda Smith, Director of the Bipartisan Coverage Heart’s Early Childhood Initiative, says the cash goes to states — and state officers should resolve the way to spend it safely.
“That is dangerous work,” says Smith. “They’re taking the kids of people who find themselves on the market and uncovered. So Governors at the moment are having to assume via how can we make a few of these choices.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott says the 17,000 daycares within the state will now have to begin doing well being screenings for workers, youngsters and fogeys.
Lynette Fraga with childcare conscious of America says the cash may also go in direction of cleansing provides.
However she says the $three.5 billion is only a down fee.
“We want a lot extra, roughly about $50 billion ,” says Fraga.
She says that will maintain day cares working via summer time. Fraga is asking Congress for the extra cash within the subsequent coronavirus reduction invoice.