|Posted:||March 5, 2021 02:40 PM|
|From:||Representative Morgan Cephas|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Childcare Legislation Package|
|According to a 2018 report issued by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), 51% of independent college students in the U.S. are parents of children under 18. The majority of these student parents have an unmet financial need after utilizing all family contributions, grants, and need-based aid. As such, these students often must work at least part-time to cover child care and other basic expenses, leaving less time for school and lowering the likelihood of degree attainment. This is why I will be introducing a bill package designed to better provide for the childcare needs of parents, including parents who are seeking to better their lives through higher education or workforce training, or those who are employed.
Please consider co-sponsoring this important package of bills to support enterprising parents in their efforts to not only work toward achieving their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families but become independent, self-sustaining, contributors to this Commonwealth’s economy.
Introduced as HB2738
|Description:||The first piece of legislation would create a tax credit for employers who furnish employee child day care.|
Introduced as HB2739
|Description:||The second piece of legislation would change the requirements for the Child Care Works Program so that a parent who is not employed but who is enrolled in a postsecondary education program or a workforce training program is eligible for child care assistance for at least two years of the postsecondary education or workforce training program as long as the parent meets all other eligibility requirements. Under this bill, counties may give priority for services to a working family over a family enrolled in postsecondary education or workforce training, and its provisions would only be effective subject to available funding.|
Introduced as HB2740
|Description:||The final piece of legislation would require postsecondary educational institutions to consider a student’s childcare expenses when calculating decisions on the amount of financial aid that a student is eligible to receive. This bill would apply to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) institutions, State-related institutions (Pennsylvania State University, University of Pittsburgh, Temple University, and Lincoln University), and community colleges.|