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H.R. 2886 (117th): Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act

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Apparently these Congress members have never heard the concept of using the television as the babysitter.


In 28 states, an average year of infant childcare costs more than an average year of in-state college tuition, according to estimates from ChildCare Aware of America. (See page 24 of that linked PDF for the relevant table.)

For many parents with young children, these high costs are prohibitive, forcing even parents who may want to work to instead stay at home with the children.

In 2020, the labor force participation rate for mothers with children under age six was 65.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s lower than the 71.2 percent rate when including mothers with children up through age 18, once childcare costs no longer …

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Mondaire Jones

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 17th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 28, 2021
Length: 135 pages
Apr 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 28, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


63 Cosponsors (63 Democrats)



Apr 28, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 2886 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2886. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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