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July 3, 2021

The Expanded Child Tax Credit Will Help Fix the Broken Child Care System | Opinion [Newsweek]

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

David Merage writes:

"We were facing a child care crisis in the U.S. before the pandemic. It became more glaring in the past year, when, due to lockdowns and school closures it created a further crippling blow for the economy. Women were forced to leave the workforce in droves. Without action on child care, parents with caregiving responsibilities will be unable to rejoin the workforce and our economic recovery will be stalled.

The Florida Policy Institute found that making child care more accessible and affordable is critical to economic recovery [emphasis added]. This is true across the country. Parents are a large proportion of the workforce. In the context of a global workers shortage, we need to ensure they are able to work and for that, they need affordable child care."

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