RELEASE: President Trump’s Record on Child Care Doesn’t Match His Rhetoric

Washington, D.C. — Four years ago yesterday, the president made big promises to make child care more affordable for families. Today, the Center for American Progress released a new column assessing his track record on child care affordability. The analysis focuses on three primary topics, including the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, Trump’s move to derail a bipartisan agreement to increase child care funding, and the president’s signature 2017 tax overhaul, which has left behind millions of low-income children and families.

The column also reveals how the administration’s failure to deliver more affordable child care options for families has undermined America’s economic recovery, primarily driven women out of the workforce, and caused 1 in 5 of the nation’s child care workers—many of whom are Black and Latina women—to lose their jobs this year alone.

“Child care centers and family child care programs are falling like dominoes all across America, leaving families with fewer options and children without the early childhood education they need to thrive,” said Katie Hamm, vice president of Early Childhood Policy at CAP. “President Trump promised to make child care affordable, but this analysis shows his policies have consistently left families—particularly those with low incomes—behind.”

Please click here to read “The Truth About President Trump’s Track Record on Child Care” by Katie Hamm, Seth Hanlon, and Colin Seeberger.

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