Harris highlights child care relief to families

Vice President Kamala Harris highlighted the Biden administration's efforts to expand child care and relieve the financial pressures of parenthood during a visit to a child care center on Friday. (June 11)

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KAMALA HARRIS: President Joe Biden and I are determined to build a future that is worthy of the aspiration and the ambition of our children. When we took office we knew that building that future would not be easy. The president and I knew the serious challenges the children of our nation are facing. We know that the pandemic did not invent these challenges, but it certainly accelerated these challenges. As you talked about, child care centers were closed, parents have been out of work, families budgets have been stretched. People ask me sometimes, they say well so, what have you enjoyed most about being vice president?

And I tell them every time, because this is just the honest to God truth. We will lift half of America's children out of poverty. We will lift half of America's children out of poverty. While the American Rescue Plan has been critical in providing relief, we know more work needs to be done to re imagine these systems and these structures. To build a future that is worthy of every child's aspiration and ambition. And that is why the president and I have put forward the American Families Plan. So the American Families Plan would ensure no low or middle income family pays more than 7% of their income on high quality care for young children. So our children must be at the center of our priorities and our public policies. It is the smart thing to do, and it is the right thing to do.