Jan 21, 1998
Press Release
Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney gathered seven leading experts on child care tonight at the CUNY Graduate Center in midtown Manhattan to discuss our nation's child care system. Tonight's panelists examined how legislation before Congress and the President's recent child care proposal can make a real difference in the lives of children and their parents.

"The President's recently announced child care initiative is the single largest national commitment to child care in this nation's history," Rep. Maloney said. "His proposal is a comprehensive and fiscally responsible plan to make child care more affordable."

The President's initiative to improve child care for America's working families will include approximately $21 billion over five years for child care. Among the many provisions included in the plan are increased tax credits for three million families earning less than $60,000 to help them pay for child care, increased Head Start funding, expanded funding to provide before- and after-school care to 500,000 more children, and 50,000 annual scholarships for students working toward child care credentials to improve the quality of child care.

Also incorporated in the President's proposal is the Child Care Infrastructure Act, introduced by Rep. Maloney in the House and by Senator Herbert Kohl (D-Wisconsin) in the Senate. This bill would create tax credits for businesses for one-half of all expenditures spent to provide on- or near-site child care facilities.

Tonight's panelists spoke on a variety of child care issues: Kate Sparks, legislative director for Sen. Kohl, explained the process for implementing the President's plan; Faith Wohl, president of Child Care Action Campaign, provided a snapshot of child care on the national level; Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of Families and Work Institute, described the importance of education, health and nurturing care on children's development; Sharon Emek, president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, spoke about women business owners and their needs for child care; Nancy Kolben, executive director of Child Care, Inc., described the needs of large cities like New York City for child care; Catherine Cartwright, senior editor of Working Mother Magazine, explained how the media can spread the message about the importance of child care; and Elinor Guggenheimer, founder of Child Care Action Campaign, provided an overview of the issues raised this evening.

*Photos are available upon request*