Senator McConnell Applauds Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Assist Kentucky Families with Child Care

Press Release

Date: March 13, 2014
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell joined Senate colleagues in passing "The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act," (CCDBG) which distributes money to Kentucky and other states to provide assistance for child care and early education programs for low-income children whose parents are working and/or in school. CCDBG provides subsidies to eligible families for parents to use for a child care/early development provider of their choice.

Each year, more than 1.5 million American children are helped by this program, including nearly 30,000 in Kentucky. This program provides assistance to states, which have the flexibility to determine how to best use the funds and implement its programs.

"As the father of three daughters, I understand the importance of child care and educational programs designed to help Kentucky children and their families," Senator McConnell said. "With many Kentuckians struggling, this much-needed assistance will provide low-income families with some stability, especially single mothers and fathers in Kentucky who are trying hard to balance work and family life. I am pleased to help move this bipartisan legislation whose primary goal is to promote parental choice and to empower Kentucky parents to choose the child care provider that best meets the needs of their family."

The legislation is strongly supported by Senator McConnell, and was introduced by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Richard Burr (R-NC)