May 29, 2020
Indianapolis, IND – Indiana’s presumptive Democratic nominee for Governor, Dr. Woody Myers, calls on Governor Holcomb to invest $500 million in federal funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund into childcare to support working Hoosier moms.
While Governor Holcomb and state officials take their time mulling over how to spend the $2.1 billion in federal dollars from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, Indiana’s childcare sector is on the verge of collapse. According to a recent analysis by the Center for Law and Social Policy, the National Women’s Law Center, and senior economic advisors, the $3.5 billion in funding through the Child Care and Development Block Grant program is a drop in the bucket compared to the $9.6 billion per month needed to ensure working families have access to childcare.
“Without proper funding, our childcare sector could fail, leaving tens of thousands of Hoosier parents–especially mothers–on the sidelines instead of in the workforce,” said Myers. “Prior to the pandemic, lack of access to childcare cost Indiana an estimated $1.1 billion in economic activity, and we stand to lose even more if parents can’t access childcare now. It’s simply a risk we can’t afford to take.”
“As Governor, I’d immediately invest $500 million of the $2.1 billion received to ensure childcare access for working Hoosier parents. It’s the right investment to make during this critical time,” said Myers. “I call on Governor Holcomb to do the same for families to support working Hoosier moms.”