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Senator Whitley Advocates for Affordable, Accessible Child Care

Contact Name: Marina Altschiller

Phone: (603) 271-3207

CONCORD – Today, Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) introduced SB 144 to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. SB 144 shifts the child care scholarship program from attendance-based payment to enrollment-based reimbursement.

After the hearing, prime sponsor Senator Becky Whitley (D-Hopkinton) issued the following statement:

“Access to quality, affordable, and safe child care is an essential part of a thriving economy. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of our child care system as working parents continue to struggle under incredibly stressful circumstances. The change outlined in SB 144 will level the playing field for families qualifying for child care scholarships, incentivize child care programs to open their doors to these families, and provide stability to New Hampshire families. The future of our state depends on it being an attractive place to live, work, and raise a family. When New Hampshire’s children and families thrive, New Hampshire’s workforce and economy prosper. Building a more sustainable child care infrastructure and creating policies that support caregivers to both provide and care for their family members are critical for Granite State working families and central to rebuilding and sustaining our economy. I urge my colleagues to support working New Hampshire families and vote Ought to Pass on SB 144.”



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