WASHINGTON (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Child Care for Working Families Act, a piece of legislation that has been introduced in every Congress since 2017, was reintroduced again Thursday.

Senator Tim Kaine joined the reintroduction effort alongside 34 other co-sponsors.

The bill aims to make sure families across the country can find and afford child care, expand preschool programs, and raise wages for childcare workers.

Kaine, whose son is an early childhood educator, says many are leaving because of low pay.

"Nobody does child care to make money, but many stop doing it or never go into it because of money," he said.

According to a release, the cost of child care has increased by 220 percent over the last three decades. Kaine says this bill will help ease that number and benefit the economy as more people enter the workforce.