New Mexico invests in Families with ARP Funds

July 9, 2021

Recently, President Joe Biden announced the release of $39 billion in child care relief funds to help stabilize child care providers and support for families that need help affording child care. “We are thrilled to see New Mexico’s bold investments in families by leveraging child care funding from the American Rescue Plan Act,” said ACF Acting Assistant Secretary JooYeun Chang. “The Biden-Harris Administration has invested $39 billion in new child care funding because we know that we cannot build back better without putting children and families first. New Mexico’s announcement shows how these resources can make a real difference for children, families, and child care providers.

“Child care is essential to our economic recovery. But child care workers earn low wages for important and skilled work, and low subsidy payment rates perpetuate the problem. They also limit the options for families who receive child care assistance,” added Chang.  “New Mexico’s move to expand child care assistance to reach more low income and middle income families and paying child care providers based on what it actually costs to provide child care will have a far-reaching impact by helping to increase wages for this women-led workforce and ensuring families have equal access to high-quality child care. This investment in child care providers combined with increasing income eligibility to cover tens of thousands more families is a model for other states as they implement their ARP child care funds.   

“New Mexico’s announcement demonstrates the progress that we can make for children, families, and the economy when we invest in the child care sector. We must ensure that these investments are sustainable so that we can realize the benefits of a strong early childhood system. That’s why President Biden proposed the American Families Plan to build on the foundation of the American Rescue Plan toward long-term policies that make affordable, quality child care a reality for families for years to come.”

Quick Facts

  • President Joe Biden announced the release of $39 billion in child care relief funds to help stabilize child care providers and support for families that need help affording child care.

Quotes

“We are thrilled to see New Mexico’s bold investments in families by leveraging child care funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. The Biden-Harris Administration has invested $39 billion in new child care funding because we know that we cannot build back better without putting children and families first. New Mexico’s announcement shows how these resources can make a real difference for children, families, and child care providers."
— ACF Acting Assistant Secretary JooYeun Chang
“Child care is essential to our economic recovery. But child care workers earn low wages for important and skilled work, and low subsidy payment rates perpetuate the problem. They also limit the options for families who receive child care assistance."
— ACF Acting Assistant Secretary JooYeun Chang
"New Mexico’s move to expand child care assistance to reach more low income and middle income families and paying child care providers based on what it actually costs to provide child care will have a far-reaching impact by helping to increase wages for this women-led workforce and ensuring families have equal access to high-quality child care. This investment in child care providers combined with increasing income eligibility to cover tens of thousands more families is a model for other states as they implement their ARP child care funds."
— ACF Acting Assistant Secretary JooYeun Chang
“New Mexico’s announcement demonstrates the progress that we can make for children, families, and the economy when we invest in the child care sector. We must ensure that these investments are sustainable so that we can realize the benefits of a strong early childhood system. That’s why President Biden proposed the American Families Plan to build on the foundation of the American Rescue Plan toward long-term policies that make affordable, quality child care a reality for families for years to come.”
— ACF Acting Assistant Secretary JooYeun Chang

Contact

Administration for Children & Families
Office of Communications
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone: (202) 401-9215
Fax: (202) 205-9688
Email: media@acf.hhs.gov

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