Maybe, just maybe, Congress is finally getting serious about helping parents get back to work.

There’s growing bipartisan support among lawmakers for a major relief package that could help child care providers meet the enormous coronavirus-related challenges that have forced some centers to suspend operations and left others barely hanging on. The ongoing pandemic could cause roughly 40 percent of child care facilities to close permanently, according to a survey of 5,000 providers. If they go down, so will the prospects of working parents and the economy – parents with minor children make up almost one-third of the nation’s workforce.