Access to Affordable Early Care and Education

In America, only 1 in 7 eligible children actually receive subsidies to cover child care costs, and half of all Americans live in neighborhoods classified as child care deserts—areas with little to no access to quality care. Without congressionally funded access to affordable, high-quality child care, families, children, and early educators face the consequences of high costs of care and low wages. This is why the Early Childhood Policy team develops and promotes bold policy solutions to the child care crisis that will expand access and affordability, bringing an inclusive and racially equitable vision to life for all children and families.


The U.S. Child Care Crisis Explained Video

The U.S. Child Care Crisis Explained

The lack of affordable and high-quality child care has disproportionately pushed women out of the workforce for decades. It is long past time for the United States to provide adequate, sustained funding and end the child care crisis.

Erin Robinson, Darya Nicol, Jasmine Hardy, 1 More Hai-Lam Phan

5 Facts To Know About Child Care in Rural America Article
A woman reads to children as she runs her at-home day care in Virginia, July 2012. (Getty/Jabin Botsford)

5 Facts To Know About Child Care in Rural America

Improved access to quality child care would support economic security in rural communities, which have unique child care needs.

Leila Schochet

America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018 Report

America’s Child Care Deserts in 2018

A new analysis of child care supply in every U.S. neighborhood finds that approximately half the country has too few licensed child care options.

Rasheed Malik, Katie Hamm, Leila Schochet, 3 More Cristina Novoa, Simon Workman, Steven Jessen-Howard

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