Rep. Tom Reed on Tuesday renewed his call for federal legislation to provide funding for childcare providers.

“We want to make sure that the childcare providers have the resources available to them because they are caring for our children,” Reed, whose district includes the Greater Olean area, said.

Reed is one of the sponsors of the Back-to-Work Childcare Grant Act of 2020, a bipartisan relief bill that would establish a framework for direct assistance to childcare providers.

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The bill would provide nine months of financial assistance to help child providers reopen safely,

“It would allow states to design state-specific plans to support childcare centers operating in their states, and it will go to set the standards for a safe environment for our children when they return,” Reed said during a media call with reporters.

Reed said he expects approval of a new federal stimulus bill within seven to 10 days, and he anticipates the final bill will include fiscal aid for state and local governments.

“I am still very confident that our three top priorities are going to be in the final bill,” Reed said.

He identified those priorities as revised unemployment benefits, state and local aid and childcare aid.

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