Today, the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), held a hearing on “Strengthening Welfare to Work with Child Care.”
“Federal welfare programs act as a vital tool to help families find a way out of poverty, and many welfare programs assist parents in finding a good-paying job to help them end their need for welfare benefits,” said Chairman Rokita in his opening statement.
Subcommittee Chairman Rokita continued, “The witnesses before us today bring many different perspectives and many different stories on the importance of child care programs for welfare beneficiaries, and will provide us with insight into how Congress should continue to explore ways to support child care programs that help parents who receive federal assistance move into work and away from welfare.”
Members of the subcommittee heard from various experts about the power of high-quality child care in helping more people break the cycle of poverty.
Ms. Brigitte Nieland, Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, explained the importance of child care on Louisiana businesses and the state’s economy as a whole.