Warren unveils plan for universal child care

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., introduced a bill in the House and Senate to pave the way for universal child care and early learning.

The Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act would fund a network of child care and early learning programs that are affordable for all. Under the bill, families would pay on a sliding scale based on income, with families earning below 200 percent of the federal poverty line granted access to the programs for free. It would cap program costs at 7 percent of family income.

The bill would also require child care workers' wages to be on par with public school teachers'.

"As the wealthiest country in the world, access to affordable and high-quality child care and early education should be a right for all families rather than a privilege for only the rich," Ms. Warren said in a statement.

The bill has three co-sponsors in the Senate and seven in the House.

 

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