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Rasheed Malik, senior policy analyst for Early Childhood Policy at the Center for American Progress, testified before a hearing on the importance of investing in schools and child care to strengthen families and the economy at the U.S. House of Representatives on April 28, 2021. Chairman Scott, Ranking Member Foxx, and members of the committee—thank you for the opportunity to testify today.
I’d like to begin my testimony by applauding the relief and rescue funding for child care providers that Congress included in the recent American Rescue Plan. The child care industry was among the hardest-hit sectors of the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic, and without these much-needed resources, many programs would have permanently closed, severely hampering any hopes of a complete and equitable economic recovery.
But it is my honor to appear before you today to discuss the promise and the prospect of a once-in-a-generation investment in the child care infrastructure that buttresses our modern-day economy. In my testimony, I hope to provide context and data points that outline the scale of the problem, clear evidence of why public investment would be sensible—highly productive, even—and, finally, I will discuss the merits of comprehensive legislation that I hope may come before […]