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TALKING POINTS TO SUPPORT THE DIAPER ACT
● Families in need cannot buy diapers with either WIC vouchers or food stamps (SNAP).
● TANF is generally not enough to absorb cost of diapers (can be as much as $100/month for the average child).
● Children without diapers cannot participate in child care
● Parents without child care cannot go to school or work.
PROVISIONS OF LEGISLATION:
Provide diapers through child care centers to ensure reliable access to child care.
● A recent survey of mothers found that 4% of mothers have cut back on child care because they could not afford an adequate supply of diapers.
● Most child care centers will not admit a child who arrives without a sufficient supply of diapers.
Access to child care permits parents to participate in the workforce or job training.
● Parents who cannot leave their children with a child care provider cannot attend work or school.
● Because federal law also requires parents receiving assistance to work or attend training, parents on assistance without access to child care are at risk of losing federal support.
Protect the health and welfare of children and child care providers.
● Infrequent diaper changing increases the risks of urinary tract and skin infections.
● Without regular changes or proper disposal, soiled diapers can be a source for outbreaks of viral meningitis, dysentery, and Hepatitis A throughout the community.
● Children will miss fewer days of preschool due to diarrhea and respiratory illnesses.
● Parents will miss fewer days of work due to children’s illness
Relieve the economic and emotional strain families in need.
● Mothers in financial hardship reported that when they couldn’t change their baby’s diaper, their babies cried more and suffered from diaper rash more often
● The mothers often reported more anxiety.
● Diaper need adds to the stress experienced by families in financial hardship.
No increase in appropriations required.
● The bill seeks only a definitional change that allows Child Care Development Funds to be used for diapers to improve child care quality and access.
CALL TO ACTION:
● Ask your Representative and Senator to co-sponsor this bill sponsored by Representative Rosa Delauro.
● Have your Representative or Senator contact Leticia Mederos at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-225-3661