Senator Elizabeth Warren has led more than three dozen lawmakers to introduce new legislation that would expand access to affordable childcare, provide quality early childhood education for every child and create good jobs for educators.
The move follows Senator Warren’s decision to bring Eugénie Ouedraogo, a Taunton-based child care worker, as her guest to President Biden’s State of the Union address.
The bill would use a sliding scale to ensure fees are affordable based on family income, Senator Warren said. Higher-income families would pay no more than 7 percent of their income, and lower-income families, earning less than 75 percent of their state median income, would be fully subsidized.
“A lack of childcare is slowing our economy and keeping parents out of the workforce — it belies the notion that there is equal opportunity in our country,” Sen. Warren said in a statement. “We cannot build a future by underestimating our babies and families. The more we invest in childcare, the better for our families, our small businesses, and our overall economy.”
Half of families across the country would pay no more than $10 a day for childcare. In Massachusetts, a family with a toddler and a 2-year-old earning $130,125 would pay no more than $10 a day or $200 a month, compared to the current median cost of $3,128 per Month.
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