October 18, 2007
President McEntee speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill which introduced the Quality Child Care for America Act.
Photo Credit: Jon Melegrito
AFSCME child care providers from across the nation, parents and children from Washington, D.C.’s West Elementary School and the Green Hill Child Development Center in Silver Spring, Md., gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday to cheer the introduction of the Quality Child Care for America Act.
AFSCME represents more than 300,000 child care providers and early childhood educators, including more than 60,000 family child care providers who have joined the union in the last year.
At a press conference held at the Russell Senate Office Building, Pres. Gerald W. McEntee and Pamela Stewart, a member of AFSCME Child Care Providers Together-Michigan, joined the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), in announcing the legislation, designed to add $200 million a year to the Child Care and Development Block Grant targeted to workforce development. The money would be used to provide benefits and training for child care centers and home-based providers.
“Providing better care is what this act is all about,” said Stewart, of Benton Harbor, Mich.
“These men and women have committed their lives to providing quality care for our children and families,” said President McEntee. “It’s time for our nation to match their commitment. And the way to do that is by passing the Quality Child Care for America Act.”