DeFazio Announces $404 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Keep Oregon Childcare Providers on the Job, Lower Costs for Working Families
Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) today announced $404,220,829 in American Rescue Plan funding for Oregon childcare providers to open safely, keep workers on the payroll and lower costs for hardworking families.
“Oregon’s parents and childcare providers alike are facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. DeFazio (OR-04). “I’m proud to have supported the American Rescue Plan, which includes the largest investment in childcare assistance in the United States since World War II. Although the House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act this week to ensure that men and women are given equal pay for equal work, those policies mean nothing if women cannot return to the workforce because of childcare responsibilities. These funds will not only allow childcare businesses to remain open but will ease working parents’ struggles as they begin to go back to the office.”
The funding comes as part of two programs created through the American Rescue Plan, which DeFazio strongly supported:
- $248,908,466 from the childcare stabilization fund to help childcare 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
- $155,312,363 in more flexible funding for Oregon to make childcare 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.