From the Document: "For decades, our country has had a child care crisis fraught with inequitable access for communities of color, unaffordable care for far too many families, poverty-level wages for early educators, and razor-thin margins for providers. This long-term crisis has been exacerbated by the devastating, inequitable impacts of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019]. And it has pushed the child care and early learning sector to the brink of collapse. Now, thanks to passage of the 'American Rescue Plan Act of 2021' [hyperlink], the child care sector will receive a total of more than $50 billion in direct relief funding. This bill, based on President Biden's bold 'American Rescue Plan' [hyperlink], provides $39 billion in desperately needed child care relief funding. This builds on critical down payments on relief from the 'Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act' [hyperlink] and the 'Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021' [hyperlink] to finally deliver on the promise of at least $50 billion in total to support the children, families, and early educators who rely on and support the child care and early learning industry. [...] In the table below, CLASP [Center for Law and Social Policy] estimates the child care relief funding each state, D.C., and Puerto Rico will receive. This investment can't come soon enough for families and providers who have been waiting nearly a year for the relief they need. This funding will allow providers to reopen safely and begin recovering from the unprecedented impacts of a global health crisis that has forced far too many to significantly cut staff, take on extensive personal or businesses debt, dip into personal savings, or permanently close."
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