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More Than 125 Economists and Public Policy Scholars Agree That Investing in Child Care Is Necessary for Children, Families, and the Economy
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More Than 125 Economists and Public Policy Scholars Agree That Investing in Child Care Is Necessary for Children, Families, and the Economy

Experts urge congressional leadership to make long-overdue investments in child care and early learning.

As policymakers decide how to design economic legislation in line with President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, they should follow the evidence to make sound investments that will benefit everyone. Long-term investments in quality, affordable child care would benefit young children, their parents, and employers while simultaneously unlocking more equitable economic growth. These 127 undersigned economists and policy scholars agree that families in America—and in turn economic growth—have been held back by the lack of modern care infrastructure, as working families have been forced to choose between work and caregiving, hampering female labor force participation and reducing productivity.

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the CAP Early Childhood Policy Team

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