URGENT Call to Action – The “DIAPER” Act

10/30/11: Visit our permanent page for up to date information. Thanks!

Updated 10/21/11: It’s important to note this legislation seeks only a DEFINITION change to existing legislation. There is no additional appropriation (read: no additional government funding) being sought.) Scroll down to the bottom of this post for additional documentation. Thank you!

Updated 10/17/11. We now have an online petition you can sign (see below). Thanks!

Updated 10/8/11: The bill has been introduced – H.R.3134. Thank you to everyone who has called their representatives. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see who the co-sponsors are. Click here for the press release from Congresswoman DeLauro (CT). Please continue to call your representatives, telling them that you support the DIAPER Act, and want them to co-sponsor the bill. Thank you!


Updated 10/6/11: The bill is being introduced into Congress today. We still need as many legislators to co-sponsor the bill between now and when Congress votes. Please continue to contact your representatives. Thank you to everyone who has already done so!


Today is the day to make a difference with children and families who cannot access childcare due to lack of diapers.

I am asking that you call your Senators and Congressional Representatives to ask them to co-sponsor the “Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery (“DIAPER”) Act.” Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) will be introducing this original piece of legislation on Thursday.

I was on Capitol Hill yesterday (10/4/11) and met with 2 Congressional Representatives  and 2 U.S. Senators for my area (CA). At this point we need to place our phone calls and emails to our representatives and ask them to co-sponsor this bill.

The Ask: Sign this petition!


Please forward this call to action to your network. Blog it, Facebook it. Tweet it #hamo. Change the world for babies and their caregivers.

Sample tweets:

I just supported the DIAPER ACT and you should too.  http://bit.ly/thediaperact  #hamo

If you lack diapers you cannot access childcare. Help change public policy http://bit.ly/thediaperact  #hamo

When the Wall Street Journal reports on diaper need, as they did yesterday, it’s time to act on behalf of vulnerable families. Thank you for changing the world with your phone call and email. We cannot do this without you.


Purpose of the legislation: To increase access to child care and relieve economic strain on families who cannot otherwise afford sufficient diapers for their children by amending the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 to provide diapers and diapering supplies to families in need through child care providers. There is no increase in appropriation (i.e., no ask for additional federal funds) required for this legislation.

Provisions of the Legislation: Provide access to child care. A recent survey of mothers found that 4% of mothers have cut back on child care because they could not afford an adequate supply of diapers. The same study found that, in families where having enough diapers is a struggle, 22% of mothers have stayed home with their child when they were supposed to be elsewhere because they did not have enough diapers.

This is a definitional change and does NOT require any additional appropriations. The bill seeks only a definitional change that allows Child Care Development Funds to be used for diapers to improve child care quality and access.

Quick links:

Talking Points: http://www.scribd.com/doc/67609495/DIAPER-Act-Talking-Points

The Diaper Act: http://www.scribd.com/doc/67609472/The-DIAPER-Act

Diaper Act description: http://www.scribd.com/doc/67609487/DIAPER-ACT-One-Pager-091611

The Diaper Difference Coalition

Sponsor: Rep. DeLauro, Rosa (CT -3)


Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 10/6/2011
Rep Himes, James A. [CT-4] – 10/14/2011
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] – 10/6/2011
Rep Kildee, Dale E. [MI-5] – 10/6/2011
Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] – 10/6/2011
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] – 10/6/2011
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] – 10/6/2011
Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] – 10/6/2011
Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] – 10/6/2011
Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] – 10/6/2011
Rep Rangel, Charles B. [NY-15] – 10/14/2011
Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] – 10/6/2011
Rep Ryan, Tim [OH-17] – 10/6/2011
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] – 10/14/2011



  1. Dorie Pierce says:

    I have children, this is the most stupidest act I have heard. A waste of my tax dollars. I do not support this at all.! I will call my reps and voice my opinion.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Dorie. I’m sorry you disagree with this important piece of legislation. To be clear: the legislation that is being sought asks for NO ADDITIONAL appropriation (no additional government funding). With more and more working families falling on hard times, this would alleviate some of their pain, WITHOUT additional government funding. Be well and good luck to you and your family. http://www.scribd.com/doc/67609495/DIAPER-Act-Talking-Points

  3. I’m the parent of two children, one still in diapers. Our family has been fortunate during this economic downturn and we have been able to continue to provide for our family adequately. I look around and see that others, through no fault of their own, have not been so lucky. I commend Help A Mother Out and the other organizations that are making a Diaper Difference for helping those families back on their feet by providing a way to get back to work by supporting the provision of diapers at childcare facilities while moms and dads get back on their financial feet. I support The Diaper Act and have called my representatives as have friends of all walks of life. ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least among you, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25: 41-45

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