Rep. Cisneros Votes to Pass Bipartisan Child Care Relief Bill

September 16, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted to pass the bipartisan Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act. The bill passed by a vote of 387-33, including 160 votes from Republicans. The Ensuring Children and Child Care Workers Are Safe Act will help child care providers through the COVID-19 pandemic by requiring the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provide educational materials and technical assistance to states.

“We know that our country cannot successfully reopen unless parents have access to safe, reliable child care. Without federal assistance, 40 percent of child care centers could shut down permanently,” said Rep. Cisneros. “I have been a strong advocate for child care relief, and I’m glad that an overwhelming number of my House colleagues voted to pass this bipartisan child care bill. We must make sure that our child care centers are safe for our children and workers.”

Under this bill, the HHS would provide states with educational material and technical assistance related to:

  • COVID-19 prevention in child care facilities;
  • Professional development for child care providers on health and safety;
  • How to acquire and use personal protective equipment;
  • How to modify operations to prevent COVID-19 transmission, including optimal staff-to-child ratios.

In addition to technical assistance, the legislation would also allow HHS to make grants to states so they can then provide outreach, guidance, and technical support to child care providers. The bill would also require HHS to recommend how to ensure the safe provision and adequate supply of child care during COVID-19.

On August 14th, Rep. Cisneros joined his House colleagues to talk about our country’s child care crisis.

On July 29th, the House passed Rep. Cisneros’ child care relief bill in a larger child care package which would ensure child care providers can use federal funding authorized under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to pay for costs associated with sanitization and other costs necessary to protect children and child care workers from COVID-19.

On July 28th, Rep. Cisneros spoke on ABC7 (KABC) to talk about his child care relief bill.