Providing working parents opportunities for affordable childcare has more than just a positive impact on families — it has a positive impact on the local economy, as well. That’s why I’m proud to lead eight KinderCare Early Learning Centers in South Florida, employing 121 talented, dedicated teachers and helping to boost jobs and wages in the area. But more importantly, each day we care for more than 800 children who benefit from the high-quality educational and developmental experiences we provide.
As Congress considers overhauling the tax code, lawmakers have an opportunity to help families with work-related child care expenses by strengthening the longstanding Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC).
Many parents rely on the CDCTC to help pay for their child’s enrollment at our centers. The CDCTC helps make high-quality child care affordable and accessible for households of all income levels. Better access to quality care helps give parents the flexibility to stay in, or return to, the workforce — all while providing their children with the foundation for success in school and life.
That’s why I’m thankful for the efforts of U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME), along with Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), who have introduced the bipartisan Promoting Affordable Child Care for Everyone Act (PACE Act). The PACE Act calls for increasing the CDCTC, making it refundable to reach families with a lower tax liability, and increasing the amount of pre-tax dollars families can put into Dependent Care Flexible Spend Accounts.
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I hope lawmakers, including our own Rep. Carlos Curbelo, take this into account and support the PACE Act. This is the best way to ensure America’s families and communities have the support needed to thrive now and into the future.
Angela McKinney, KinderCare center director, Miami