Vice President Kamala Harris, the daughter of a working mother, came to Connecticut Friday to spotlight the Biden administration’s plans to strengthen the kid care system and pull many American children out of poverty.
“When a toddler is supported with the infrastructure that lets them know they're cared for, that lets them know they need beautiful brains that has got to be fed, that lets them know they're going to be safe ... [they] can and can be anything they chose,” Harris told child care workers during a stop at the West Haven Child Development Center.A few minutes earlier, Harris expressed an identical sentiment to a gaggle of preschoolers.Sitting within the floor next to the youngsters , she told them they might be anything they need to be.
“I want to be everything!” announced one female child , who just like the rest was wearing masks.The visit to Connecticut was the ultimate stop during a national tour to spotlight the recently passed stimulus package, which can funnel $1.9 trillion to assist the state get over the coronavirus pandemic.“Through this plan, we are getting to lift half America’s children out of poverty,” Harris said.Harris traveled to Las Vegas and Jacksonville, Florida, earlier this month. Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff also are touring the country to market the stimulus package.
Harris said she decided to visit Connecticut because the state has adopted education policies that are “very progressive, courageous and innovative.” She praised the state’s commitment to infancy education and child care. On Friday, Gov. Ned Lamont announced the state would use $200 million in federal stimulus money to assist child care programs and assist working and unemployed parents with costs.
The visit was also a chance to spotlight the role of Democratic U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, who has spent much of her three decades in Congress advocating for state funding for programs that serve children and families.DeLauro was among alittle group of lawmakers who helped the Biden administration craft key parts of the bill and on Friday, Harris came to DeLauro’s district to publicly thank her.
Harris’ first stop was at the Boys and Girls Club in New Haven , where she was introduced by U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, the previous Connecticut education commissioner.The pandemic, she said, has exposed “fault lines” in our system. The administration’s American Rescue Plan will have a generational impact in addressing childhood poverty, she said.“The connection between child care and these other systems are so direct,” Harris said.
When she entered the red stone building that houses the Boys and Girls Club, Harris said she thought back to her own experience growing up because the child of a working mother. She would often walk to the house of her neighbor, Regina Shelton, who she said was “like a second mother” to her.A roundtable discussion which featured Harris and Cardona also as Beth Bye, commissioner of Connecticut’s office of infancy , and other political dignitaries was closed to the press.
Harris said then the group spoke about the rise within the number of reports of kid neglect in Connecticut during the pandemic. They also discussed the psychological state impact of the coronavirus crisis on children. Afterward she briefly took questions.
After leaving the Boys and Girls Club, Harris visited the West Haven child care center with DeLauro, where they stopped at the preschool classroom and greeted the youngsters .
DeLauro, who is understood for her bold fashion choices, complimented a number of the kids on their clothes. “I love your unicorn shirt,” she told one child.Later, DeLauro addressed a crowd of reporters and political leaders, highlighting the kid decrease and aid to child care centers that are a part of the American Rescue Plan.“Today may be a celebration. We are celebrating a historic victory. it's a fantastic effort that was made to urge this bill passed,” she said.
Under current law, most taxpayers can reduce their federal tax bill by up to $2,000 per child. during a significant change, the bill would increase the tax benefit to $3,000 for each child age 6 to 17 and $3,600 for each child under the age of 6.Harris “understands what parents undergo ... she has been so tireless in breaking down the barriers,” DeLauro, the chairwoman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said.The benefits that are a part of the plan will address child poverty and help working parents, she said.