H.R. 7630 – Convening Operations Assistance for Childcare Heroes (COACH) Act

Summary: To amend the Small Business Act to require the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to publish or update a resource guide for small business concerns operating as child care providers, and for other purposes.(Cosponsors)

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig co-sponsored the bill on 07/16/20.

STATUS: Introduced 7/16/20 by Rep. Finkenauer, Abby [D-IA-1]

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) and Congressman Dan Bishop (R-NC) on Friday introduced the Convening Operations Assistance for Childcare Heroes (COACH) Act, bipartisan legislation creating an easy-to-access federal resource guide to help childcare providers start and grow their small businesses.

    “Hardworking Iowa families need better access to quality and affordable childcare, but starting a new daycare takes a lot of entrepreneurial know-how,” Congresswoman Finkenauer said. “The COACH Act will help trained and experienced childcare providers in our communities with the technical parts of getting a new business off the ground by making federal, state and local resources easier to find and easier to use.”

    “This bill is a critical step toward addressing the childcare crisis holding back working families in big cities, small towns and all across America and is critical to getting our economy back on track,” Finkenauer said. “I’m proud to join Congressman Bishop in offering a bipartisan solution to a pressing problem.”

    The COACH Act would require the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state-level lead childcare agencies, and local childcare resource and referral agencies to create a resource guide on how childcare providers can start and grow their small businesses.

    The guide, updated at least every five years, would be publicly accessible and widely distributed. The COACH Act would also require the SBA’s resource partners – small business development centers, women’s business centers, veterans business outreach centers, and SCORE – to reach out to child care small businesses to make them aware of the guide and other resources tailored to their industry.

    “Americans rely on childcare facilities to enable our economy,” Congressman Dan Bishop (R-NC) said. “When we provide childcare businesses with necessary resources and information, we can grow small businesses that allow our workforce to thrive. I thank Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer for leading this important effort.”

    The COACH Act is also cosponsored by Reps. Judy Chu (D-CA), Pete Stauber (R-MN), Angie Craig (D-MN), Ann Wagner (R-MO), and John Moolenaar (R-MI).

    The legislation has been endorsed by ­­the Black Hawk County Child Care Coalition, Child and Family Policy Center, Council for a Strong America, Early Care & Education Consortium, Exceptional Persons, Inc. (Child Care Resource and Referral of NE Iowa host agency), First Five Years Fund, Iowa Citizens Action Network, Main Street Alliance, Save the Children Action Network (SCAN), and Small Business Majority.

    (Source: Rep. Abby Finkenauer Press Release, 07/09/20)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL:

Link to the text of the bill.

Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

Link to bill information on GovTrack.

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