As school districts across Pennsylvania turn to 100% remote virtual learning to fight community spread of COVID-19, thousands of working parents are now left scrambling to find affordable, reliable full-day childcare before the coming school year begins.
While we recognize that these choices were not easy for district leaders and are grateful for their dedication to the safety of our children, teachers, support staff and families, this decision leaves many hard-working, low-income parents with the impossible choice between remaining home to care for their children during their virtual school day or returning to their workplaces to maintain their income and support their families.
It is essential that the General Assembly recognizes that these decisions will leave millions of families financially vulnerable. Without a plan to assist families facing this terrifying choice, this unprecedented reality jeopardizes families’ ability to support themselves and endangers the welfare of thousands of children across our commonwealth.
Please co-sponsor and help fast-track PECA and House Bills 2809 and 2810 to create the Pennsylvania Emergency Childcare Act. Your co-sponsorship will give PA working parents the critical support they need to secure safe, reliable childcare that meets their immediate needs.
Thousands of parents and I look forward to counting your name among the supporters of working families this fall.
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