Senator Ossoff is working to expand child care in rural Georgia

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is working to expand child care in rural Georgia.

Today, Senator Ossoff launched an effort to pass bipartisanship Child Care Expansion in Rural America Act of 2023legislation he co-sponsored to improve access to child care in rural Georgia.

The bipartisan bill would direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize funding for applicants seeking to address the availability, quality, or cost of child care in agricultural and rural communities.

“Every child in Georgia deserves a safe, healthy and happy place to learn during their formative years,” said Senator Ossoff. “No family in Georgia should have to worry about the availability and access to child care. That’s why I’m working to bring Republicans and Democrats together to lower costs and increase access to quality child care for families in rural Georgia.”

According to a 2023 report from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS), rural children under the age of five make up 24 percent of children eligible for child care nationwide, while 55 percent of these children are in child care lives. -care desert.

Senator Ossoff remains committed to supporting families in rural Georgia.

Last month, Senator Ossoff announced that this year’s bipartisan funding bill signed into law included a $1 billion increase in funding to increase access to quality child care and Head Start programs in Georgia and across the country , an increase of approximately 30 percent in funding.

This past year alone, Senator Ossoff has provided funding through Head Start for local programs across Georgia, including in Augusta, Albany and Southwest Georgia, Baldwin County, Northeast Georgia, Hancock County and more.

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