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.
Child Care Deserts
Taking Action on Early Learning
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Child Care
A New Vision for Child Care in the United States
Calculating the Hidden Cost of Interrupting a Career for Child Care
The lack of work-family policies in the United States costs working families billions of dollars in lost wages every year.
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.
The early childhood workforce as a whole is grossly underpaid. New CAP analyses suggest that female African American teachers who work full time earn even less than their white counterparts.
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.