LV parent: Child care costs during pandemic have been a huge financial burden

Written by on April 8, 2021

LV parent: Child care costs during pandemic have been a huge financial burden

By Genesis Ortega

April 8, 2021

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Fifteen percent of children in Pennsylvania live in poverty. But the latest federal COVID relief plan aims to alleviate child care expenses for families trying to make ends meet. 

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) says the new American Rescue Plan would benefit 90% of children in the commonwealth living in poverty. 

“None of us can look at that number and say up to this point in time we’ve done enough. We can do a lot more,” Casey says.

Casey says child care costs are one major challenge facing working parents. 

“We know the high costs of child care long predated the pandemic. That cost was ever more consequential in the midst of the pandemic,” Casey says. 

The new child and dependent care tax credit, an enhancement included in the American Rescue Plan, means parents can receive up to $4,000 for child care expenses for one child and up to $8,000 for two or more kids. 

Sandy Bailey, a single mother of two children in the Lehigh Valley, says child care during the pandemic has been a huge financial burden. 

“I don’t qualify for anything. I don’t qualify for food stamps, I don’t qualify for any of the benefits, subsidized child care, anything.”

Casey says the legislation is a start but hopes that Congress can do much more to help middle-class and working families. 

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