O’Rourke addresses the child care crisis that Iowa families face.

“But you point something out that is a perverse consequence of our current unaffordable childcare policy: those childcare workers who are taking care of so many kids cannot themselves afford child care for their children.”

On May 6th, former congressman and El Paso mayor, Beto O’Rourke attended an event at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. There he met up with Jill Applegate, Every Child Matters’ Iowa Program Manager. Earlier in his address to the crowd, O’Rourke spoke on the issues concerning education, child care and women’s wages. Applegate then asked O’Rourke how he would address the central issue that is the core obstacle to all of the issues previously addressed – the child care crisis that Iowa’s families, and families all across the nation face.

Representative O’Rourke states that there are many different ways to go about tackling the child care crisis. He states that we can make child care more affordable by increasing the block grants from the federal government to cover some of the cost. O’Rourke also states “We can improve the tax benefit for parents, including parents who are not in the workforce and are at home helping to raise their kids—I want to make sure that they are recognized in our tax code as well”.

Watch the video below to hear Representative O’Rourke’s full position on solving the child care crisis.

The Children’s Policy Coalition is calling on every presidential candidate to address the issues affecting children and families. Candidate responses are shared here for informational purposes only. The Children’s Policy Coalition does not endorse candidates or parties. We’re caucusing for kids!

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