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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 11, 2020 10:14 AM
From: Representative Liz Hanbidge
To: All House members
Subject: Covid-19 Childcare Assistance
Parents shouldn’t be forced to choose between working to put a roof over their children’s heads and access to affordable childcare.  Access to childcare is essential to keeping the Commonwealth’s economy running.  Due to the issues surrounding the COVID-19 crisis and questions regarding the feasibility of in-person education, many parents, essential workers in particular, are concerned about their ability to afford the child care necessary so that they can do their jobs. 
Workers deserve to know that their children will be taken care of while they are at work. Whether it is a nurse treating patients or a restaurant worker helping a family business down the street, these Pennsylvanians and their children need our help during these unprecedented times. 
Therefore, I am proposing two bills that would bring much needed relief to these workers and their families. 
Access to affordable childcare for the workers keeping our Commonwealth running during these extraordinary times is vital both to our economy and to the health and safety of our families.  I hope that you will join me in supporting these Pennsylvania families. 

Document #1

Introduced as HB2809

Description: My first bill will establish a grant program to help defray the cost of childcare for Pennsylvania’s essential workers. These workers, due to the nature of their occupations, are required to be on the job.  For many of these workers, the cost of full day childcare is prohibitively expensive and we must get them some relief.

Document #2

Introduced as HB2810

Description: Second, I will introduce an income-based bill that would establish a grant program to reimburse childcare costs incurred as a result of COVID-19 for parents and caretakers who are not eligible for the Child Care Works Program.  As you know, Child Care Works currently helps low-income families pay their childcare fees.