President Biden unveiled his new “American Families Plan” Wednesday night which includes access to good education, including high-quality pre-schools, and access to quality, affordable child care. Senator Tina Smith says the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the need for increases in education funding:
“A lot of women have left the workforce because of their lack of access to childcare and of course all the other things that have happened with COVID.”
Smith adds it’s an equity issue too:
“Because the kids most often hurt are those that are kids of color or poor children that don’t have access to good child care and good early learning.”
Biden’s plan promises universal free preschool for all 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as two years of free community college for young adults.