Ivanka Trump, HHS secretary to visit Kansas City for child care roundtable

Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump and advisor to the president, will be visiting Kansas City along with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, for a child care roundtable later this week.

Ivanka Trump, Azar, Sen. Roy Blunt, Gov. Mike Parson and Assistant HHS Secretary Lynn Johnson are expected to participate in the event at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Metropolitan Community College.

The Kansas City event is one of 10 roundtables that the HHS and Administration for Children and Families has been holding across the country. Part of the goal is to discuss improving access to child care for working families.

The HHS and the Trump administration trumpet the administration’s expansion of the Child Tax Credit to help fund child care, and the Child and Dependent Care Adoption Credits. President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law in 2017, which doubled the Child Tax Credit from $1,000 to $2,000 per child.

The administration also points to the funding boost to the Child Care and Development Block Grant that nearly doubled the grant’s funding. According to the HHS, these grants allow governors to make decisions regarding investments in child care affordability in their own states.

The Kansas City stop will be the seventh child care roundtable for Ivanka Trump and the HHS.

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