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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Remarks by the President at Bill Signing


Oval Office

11:58 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, as many of you know, one of my top priorities is making sure that we’ve got affordable, high-quality child care and early childhood education for our young people across the country.  Today, I am pleased to sign a bill into law which is going to bring us closer to that goal -- that’s the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program.  I want to thank bipartisan members of Congress who are here today. 

This law is going to do several important things.  It’s going to improve the quality of child care by requiring more training for caregivers and more enrichment for children.  It’s going to improve child safety by instituting background checks for staff and better inspection of facilities.  It’s going to give working parents a little more peace of mind -- if you receive subsidies to pay for your child care, you know that if you get a raise on your job or you find a job, your kids aren’t automatically losing their care because your status has changed midstream.

I first proposed legislation that accomplished some of these goals back in 2010.  When we couldn’t get it through Congress, we began a rulemaking process to try to do this through executive efforts -- and Sylvia Burwell, the HHS Secretary, is here.  Because the legislation has now passed, we are actually ending the rulemaking process because we’ve now got a law, and we’re going to be able to focus on implementing the law. 

And I want to thank all the legislators here.  It’s a good step forward.  It shows that Democrats and Republicans, when it comes to making sure our kids are getting the best possible education, are united.  And that’s good for our kids and that’s good for our country.

So with that, I’m going to make sure that I sign this properly, using all these pens.

(The bill is signed.)

12:01 P.M. EST