Sen. Crowley bill that eliminates termination date of child care assistance passes Senate
STATE HOUSE – Sen. Elizabeth A. Crowley’s (D-Dist. 16, Central Falls, Pawtucket) legislation (2017-S 0122A) that eliminates the September 30, 2017 termination date of the child care assistance program passed the Senate tonight.
“There are so many families in Rhode Island who are struggling financially and are in desperate need of safe and quality child care. This legislation eliminates a potentially devastating cut-off date for many families who would not be able to pay for child care assistance on their own. This bill will protect many children in need of care and assistance and will keep parents working at their jobs rather than have to make the difficult decision to go to their jobs or care for their children,” said Senator Crowley.
Senator Crowley’s legislation eliminates the September 30, 2017 termination date for child care assistance for families whose incomes exceed 180% of federal poverty guidelines. Instead, families in this income bracket would continue to be eligible for child care assistance until their incomes exceed 225% of federal poverty guidelines.
Cosponsors of the legislation are Sen. Ana B. Quezada (D-Dist. 2, Providence), Sen. Joshua Miller (D-Dist. 28, Cranston, Providence), Sen. Harold M. Metts (D-Dist. 6, Providence), and Sen. Gayle L. Goldin (D-Dist. 3, Providence).
The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903