“I don’t know what I would do without ERDC.”

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As legislators finish writing budgets for Oregon’s schools and critical services, they’re considering deep cuts to a program that is designed to help low-income parents keep their jobs by helping them pay for childcare.

Last night, the budget committee approved a proposed budget for Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) that would leave 3,000 families without access to this critical service. That would put these children at risk, result in many job losses, and push thousands of families toward cash assistance programs.

Want to help? Here’s what you can do: Call or email your legislators now and tell them to adequately fund Employment Related Day Care for children in low-income families. (1-800-332-2313)

FACT: Coverage at a child care center costs parents on average over $20,000/ year for two children (one infant and one toddler). This is more than a single working parent makes at minimum wage in a year.

The Employment Related Day Care program helps fund childcare for struggling families so they can get back on their feet as the economy recovers. Without the program, these children would either be left in potentially unsafe situations, or their parents would have to quit their jobs in order to stay home with the kids—likely forcing them on to more expensive government assistance programs. That’s a choice no parent should have to make.

That would be bad for our kids, our communities, and our local economies—setting back our fragile economic recovery.

Oregon’s budget should reflect our values and priorities. While legislators are making decisions that will put children at risk and push working parents out of their jobs, consider this: Oregon is on track to give away $31.3 billion (that’s BILLION, with a B) in tax breaks over the next two years. Fully funding the ERDC program would cost less than one tenth of one percent of that amount.

Want to help? Here’s what you can do: Call or email your legislators now and tell them to adequately fund Employment Related Day Care for children in low-income families. (1-800-332-2313)

Doing the right thing will create stability in the lives of these children, in their families, their communities, and in our economy.

“I don’t know what I would do without ERDC. I wouldn’t be able to afford to work, which means I wouldn’t be able to pay any of my other bills, in addition to losing my health coverage through my employer, which means I would need even MORE assistance! I would likely lose everything I have.”

Jennifer
Retail worker and mother of 2, Salem

“I am a single parent who recently survived a domestic violence situation. I work very hard yet my salary is barely more than what childcare costs. If I lose my ERDC I will most likely either end up on unemployment or TANF. I lose my job because of cuts, I would lose everything I have worked toward for the past 5 years and me and my 2 children would probably be homeless on welfare.”

Sara
Parent and Full-time Child Care Provider, Portland


Email your legislators today.

You can also call them: 1-800-332-2313.

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