Senate Republicans Delay Expanded Access to Affordable Child Care
Contact Name: Marina Altschiller
Phone: (603) 271-3207
CONCORD – Today, Senate Republicans voted to uphold the Health and Human Services Committee recommendation of Re-Refer on SB 144, Senator Becky Whitley’s (D-Hopkinton) bill to shift the child care scholarship program from attendance-based payment to enrollment-based reimbursement.
After the vote, prime sponsor Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statement:
“Over 500 Granite Staters signed in to support SB 144, proving beyond a doubt that New Hampshire families need access to quality, affordable, and safe child care now. Today’s vote by Senate Republicans delays a simple but necessary change that could have leveled the playing field for families qualifying for child care scholarships, incentivized child care programs to open their doors to these families, and provided stability to New Hampshire families. By leaving this issue unaddressed, the pandemic’s impact on access to child care options is likely to have detrimental effects on children and families in ways that will compound inequities in the long term and slow our efforts at building a strong and future-focused economy in the Granite State.”