07.24.20

Gardner, Ivanka Trump Hold Roundtable on Supporting Child Care Services

Washington, D.C. – Today U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Ivanka Trump held a roundtable at the Bright Beginnings Learning Center in Greenwood Village to discuss the essential role child care centers play in economic recovery. This week Gardner joined U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), to introduce the Back to Work Child Care Grants Act of 2020, which would provide critical resources to help child care providers safely reopen and help support working parents.

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“Parents in Colorado and across our country are concerned with making sure that child care is available and schools are reopening safely,” said Senator Gardner. “I was honored to join Ivanka Trump to support the safety of child care operations in Colorado, and I will continue to fight to make sure Coloradans have the resources necessary to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Senator Gardner and I had a great visit at Bright Beginnings Learning Center in Denver and we will continue to work hard to ensure families have a safe and healthy place to send their children as the economy recovers. I am also grateful for his leadership on seeing the Great American Outdoors Act through Congress. President Trump looks forward to signing this hallmark legislation that will have a lasting impact for Coloradans and Americans across the country for decades to come,” said Ivanka Trump. 

Gardner and a bipartisan group of colleagues called on the Senate to bolster assistance for child care workers and providers in the next phase of COVID-19 relief in May 2020.

Child care is a critical component of economic recovery from COVID-19 and providers are struggling to keep their doors open due to loss of revenue and the high cost of necessary investments in expensive safety measures. 

According to a March 2020 National Association for the Education of Young Children survey of 85 Colorado child care providers, 33 percent of providers indicated they could not survive a closure of more than two weeks without “significant public investment.”

In May 2020, Gardner announced he was joining S. 3679, the Newborn CARES Act, bipartisan legislation to help new parents receive the $500 per child direct payments provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act instead of having to wait until next year for the payment.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.