Rep. Eshoo Announces $3.8 Billion for California Child Care Providers, Lower Costs for Working Families

April 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) announced that $3.8 billion is being provided for California child care providers to reopen safely, keep workers on the payroll, and lower costs for hardworking families.

“To get parents back to work, safe and affordable child care is essential,” said Rep. Eshoo. “Child care is an enormous financial burden on working families and it’s essential for Congress to make investments that will lower costs and expand access to this essential service. I’m so pleased to see money I fought for in the American Rescue Plan on its way to help families and I will continue working to make child care an affordable and accessible option for all parents.”

The funding comes as part of two programs Eshoo helped create through the American Rescue Plan:

  • $ 2,313,166,479 from the child care stabilization fund to help child care providers to reopen or stay open, provide safe and healthy learning environments, keep workers on payroll, and provide mental health supports for educators and children; and
  • $ 1,443,355,294 in more flexible funding for California to make child care more affordable for more families, increase access to high-quality care for families receiving subsidies, increase compensation for early childhood workers, and meet other care needs in the state.

The funding will go to the state, which will allocate it to specific providers and families.