Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy together with Republican Kevin Yoder introduced a bipartisan bill that could make child care more affordable. The Promoting Affordable Care for Everyone (PACE) Act will give families of four making under $15,000 per year an annual refund of up to $3,000 to assist with paying for childcare, and a middle class family of four making $55,000 per year would receive $900 more per year to help pay for childcare.
“Oftentimes, a parent is forced to leave the workforce or cut back on working hours to care for their child just to avoid paying for expensive child care, Murphy said in a statement. “By modernizing and increasing the value of existing tax benefits designed to offset the cost of child care, the PACE Act will help to put high-quality child care and early education within reach
for more families.”
Florida is one of multiple states where child care is more expensive than college. A 2015 study conducted by Child Care Aware of America found a year of child-care for an infant costs about $8,694 while a year of tuition and fees at a Florida university totals an average of $6,351.
Murphy represents Florida’s District 7, which covers Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park and the University of Central Florida area.