Moms, dads, and concerned people from around the country are urging you to fight for us by ensuring that critical investments in comprehensive, high-quality child care and Pre-K for families stay in the reconciliation package!
The economic package currently being negotiated is the only viable opportunity to secure the funding required to support a strong, stable early learning system in America and lower costs for families at this critical moment.
16,000 child care centers closed during the pandemic. A recent report shows that nearly half a million families are estimated to be stranded without reliable child care, exacerbating the nation's worker shortage as parents continue to stay home.
Pre-pandemic, more than 1/2 of families already lived in child care deserts without safe, nurturing, affordable options to begin with!
Also, though it seemed like the labor market made positive gains these past few months, it turns out that 27 times more men than women joined the labor force during this time, and the majority of women who did find employment were first-time workers. That means moms are still struggling to find the child care they need to work, which is exacerbating labor shortages that are causing supply chain issues.
Ensuring that child care stays in the package increases parental choice and supports a diversity of providers to expand their services by providing the resources needed to respond to a market failure. These policies will lower costs for families and will help take the edge off of inflation by improving parents’ labor force participation and productivity.
We have the resources to truly support our families, but we need the political will to do the right thing. Child care and Pre-K must be included in the reconciliation package!