Diaper Act

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

  • The DIAPER Act asks for NO additional federal funding
  • Lack of diapers can result in (1) major health consequences and (2) a barrier to employment
  • If Congress enacts the DIAPER ACT, eligible child care centers would have the flexibility and choice to provide diapers (disposable or cloth) to their neediest clients.

Please sign this petition to Members of Congress (House of Representatives and Senators) and ask them to join Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) and co-sponsor the “Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery (“DIAPER”) Act.”

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. Scroll down to bottom of page for detailed documentation.
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Please forward this call to action to your network. Blog it, Facebook it. Tweet it #diaperact. Change the world for babies and their caregivers.


Help A Mother Out


Print out this sign and take a photo of you, friends, and family holding the sign. Email your photo to us (info@helpamotherout.org), and we’ll post it on our Flickr page.

Sample tweets:

I just supported the #DIAPERACT and you should too.  http://bit.ly/thediaperact @helpamotherout @thediaperdiff #hamo

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

Thank you for changing the world with your phone call and email. We cannot do this without you.


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:

The Diaper Difference Coalition

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

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


Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] – 10/6/2011
Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] – 11/4/2011
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 Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] – 11/4/2011
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
Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] – 11/4/2011



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