February 26, 2019

Cortez Masto Cosponsors Bill to Expand Access to Child Care and Preschool Programs

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today cosponsored the Child Care for Working Families Act, legislation introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that promotes affordable child care and high-quality preschool programs for working families.

“Nevada’s working families should never have to make the impossible choice between being able to afford reliable child care and going to work to provide for their families. I’m proud to be working with Senator Murray and my colleagues to expand access to quality child care so we can support working families in Nevada, and across the country.”

In addition to Senators Cortez Masto and Murray, Senators Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-Penn.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Cory A. Booker (D-N.J.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.), Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-Ore.), Christopher S. Murphy (D-Conn.), Gary C. Peters (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) also cosponsored the legislation.


The Child Care for Working Families Act creates a federal-state partnership to ensure families making less than 150 percent of their state’s median income do not pay more than seven percent of their income on child care. The bill supports universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all 3- and 4-year olds through funding and incentives for states. Compensation and training for the child care workforce is also an element of the bill.