Vice President Kamala Harris visited to New Jersey on Friday where she discussed child care and coronavirus vaccines.
Harris arrived in Essex County to speak about President Biden’s $3.5 trillion federal spending plan, including its child care provisions. She’s also expected to visit a local COVID-19 vaccine center to support the administration’s six-point pandemic recovery plan. Her first public appearance of the day took place at the Ben Samuels Children’s Center at Montclair State University.
During a roundtable discussion, Harris highlighted the Biden Administration’s proposed spending plan, the Build Better Act. The plan includes rolling out “universal preschool” for all 3- and 4-year-old children, as well as reducing the cost of child care for low- and middle-income families. “Our nation is strongest when everyone is able to participate,” Harris said. “This is fundamentally what the issue is about when it comes to working parents.”
Located at Essex County College, the county-run site was one of the first operational vaccine centers in the state when it launched at the pandemic’s onset. Essex County has been among the hardest-hit areas of New Jersey when it comes to COVID-19. Newark, the state’s most-populated city, has seen 40,539 cumulative cases and 1,054 deaths linked to the disease as of Thursday, according to data from county health officials [MSN].