The cost of quality child care is well-documented, but less attention is given to the persistent undersupply of child care centers.
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This interactive map displays the locations of the nation’s child care deserts, which contain 42 percent of the children under age 5 across eight states.
This fact sheet explains how evidence-based home visiting programs improve outcomes for at-risk children and families from the start.
To achieve economic security, middle-class Americans need policies that promote good jobs; a growing, inclusive economy; and affordable child care, higher education, health care, housing, and retirement.
Declining middle-class economic security is a policy choice. Here is a policy agenda for rebuilding it.
While the child care crisis means all families have poor choices, African American families have even fewer options.
Because high-quality child care and preschool prepare children for school and enable parents to work, they are necessities for children, families, and the economy, and state and federal policymakers must work to improve the U.S. early learning landscape.
Watch this video from ThinkProgress to see how the child care crisis is affecting parents and learn how to calculate the hidden cost of a failed child care system for yourself.
This fact sheet provides state-by-state examples of the financial cost of choosing between a career and full-time caregiving.
Our child care assistance system is due for major reform. In this report, parents and providers make the case for rules and regulations that put children first and respect the real-life struggles of working parents.