Another year has started, we’re close to Valentine’s Day, but parents are definitely not feeling the love– parents and caregivers are feeling burnt out trying to balance work and caregiving with little support. We live constantly trying to fill the gaps of a system that is clearly not investing in our families.
Families are urging you to invest in comprehensive, high-quality child care for families. The U.S. currently spends less than 0.5% of GDP on early care and education—less than half of what many other developed countries invest. In the United States today, two-thirds of children from birth through age 12 have all available parents in the workforce– and many more parents would join the workforce if good child care options were available.
The lack of investments in child care are not only hurting parents, early care educators are also suffering– their work is often undervalued, and as a result, many childcare providers are living in poverty. A report by the Economic Policy Institute found that child care workers aren’t making enough to support their own families: It is estimated that 1 in 7 childcare workers are living below the poverty line, and only 15% have access to health care. The Center for Early Childhood Innovation found that one in three child care providers is food insecure, and nearly one in four child care providers receives federal food assistance.
Last year, Congress was so close to making bold investments in child care– and now it’s time to get child care across the finish line. The time is now: It’s time to show love, commit and act for families and child care educators all over the country. Families all over the country are counting on you!