Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center

Zonta International is a global organization of individuals dedicated to building a better world for women and girls. The Zonta USA Advocacy Action Center is a tool for our members in the United States and other individuals who share our commitment to gender equality to take action to improve the lives of women and girls. With your help, we can make a difference. In addition to the actions below, click here to support our joint efforts with UNICEF USA to end child marriage in the United States.

Support child care affordability for working families
Across the United States, major industries such as health care, advanced manufacturing and logistics rely on employees for early morning or late-night shifts, as well as weekend availability. The bipartisan After Hours Child Care Act (S. 976 and H.R. 3639) would help fill these high-demand roles by removing barriers created by child care accessibility, especially in rural communities.

Specifically, the After Hours Child Care Act would:

  • Expand capacity for an existing child care program to serve families working nontraditional hours.
  • Support efforts to establish on-site child care programs at workplaces.
  • Ensure that federal funds supplement existing efforts by requiring a 25% match.
  • Require a report every two years on the bill’s effectiveness in improving child care availability.

“As everyone with a young child knows, parenting is a 24-hour job. Our bipartisan bill would help ensure that parents who are working to provide for their family outside regular business hours can still access necessary childcare,” said Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).

Please use our pre-drafted letter to urge your senators to co-sponsor and support the After Hours Child Care Act. If they have already sponsored or co-sponsored the bill, you can send a message of thanks.

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