Tammy Duckworth Pushes Child Care for Low-Income College Students
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) is the first lawmaker in the upper chamber to give birth while holding office. Ergo, she understands what it’s like to juggle responsibility and motherhood. Duckworth wants to help students who are mothers juggle their workload, too, and she introduced the Expanding On-Campus Child Care to Help Parents Succeed Act last week. The measure would increase access to on-campus child care for low-income student parents. “This is something that is normally the right thing to do, but it is something that would encourage more people who may not enroll, who would say, ‘Now there’s child care, now I can actually manage to do this,’” Duckworth said. The bill would also improve oversight of the Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program and ensure the department is meeting the needs of the nation’s student-parent population. The bill would fund the CCAMPIS program at $200 million annually, allowing CCAMPIS grantees to offer child care subsidies or a sliding fee scale to low-income parents. Currently, 196 colleges nationwide received the grant money to establish on-campus child care facilities, with an average award of $170,017. In April of 2018, the Senate unanimously voted to change its rules to allow Senators to bring babies into its chamber. The next day, Duckworth’s newborn child became the first baby to be welcomed on the floor of the Senate. More here.