March 13, 2014

Senate Passes Warren Amendment to Help Make Education and Training More Affordable for Childcare Workers

Legislation Connects Childcare Professionals to Financial Aid Programs to Lower the Costs of Additional Training, As Part of CCDBG

Washington, DC – The United States Senate today passed an amendment introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) as part of its approval of a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. Senator Warren’s amendment will strengthen CCDBG by ensuring child care workers can get access to federal and state resources that help to pay for postsecondary training.

"Child care workers with better training are able to give our kids the quality care they deserve - but specialized education can be prohibitively expensive for these workers who earn, on average, about $21,000 per year. I was glad to work with my colleagues to push this across the finish line and I am pleased that the Senate has adopted my amendment to help connect these workers with financial aid programs that can get them the training they need without breaking the bank," said Senator Warren. "Child care staff and educators help our kids grow and learn. We should make sure they have the tools they need to succeed."

The Child Care and Development Block Grant program helps states provide access to child care for low-income families and families receiving public assistance. Senator Warren’s amendment allows states to use funds to connect workers seeking additional training with federal and state financial aid programs that can lower the cost of that education.