Quality childcare provides children with a safe place to learn and socialize with others in developmentally appropriate ways. It provides children with a stimulating environment, which fosters their ability to thrive in school and in life. Childcare also allows families to maintain gainful employment and/or attend school, thus improving their economic stability.
Unfortunately, childcare isn’t cheap – in fact, childcare costs more than public college in 31 states and Washington, DC. Low-income families bear the heaviest burden, with many paying nearly half of their income on childcare services. Even worse, federal programs serve only a fraction of eligible families, leaving many without any support at all.
Read more. Learn about the federal investments in childcare assistance.
Please join the First Focus Campaign for Children in urging your Member of Congress to increase their investments in childcare during the appropriations process . Click here to sign the letter.
You can also help by joining or donating to First Focus Campaign for Children to keeping up the pressure on Capitol Hill so that the health and well-being of children are no longer treated as an afterthought in the halls of Congress.