Advocating for Early Childhood Education

Congress Bailed Out the Airline Industry. Why Won’t It Do the Same for Child Care? Commentary by Janna Rodriguez.

“Eight years ago I started a child care program in Freeport, New York. We’re proud of our educators, who’ve not only earned the Child Development Associate credential (, but have proven they understand how to nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual and social development of children.

During the worst months of the pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other leaders in Washington gave $50 billion of our tax dollars to the 10 major passenger airlines in the U.S. to help pay the salaries of 750,000 airline professionals. These funds were justified, Congress argued, because it would prevent the airlines from going bankrupt. And yes, in that case, Congress did the right thing, as evidenced by the success the travel sector is enjoying again.

It’s time now for Congress to take a similar step for our early childhood educators, before it’s too late.”