Voters are united in their desire for early childhood education to remain a priority for policymakers in Congress and the administration.
Here are 5 things to know about voter support for child care and early learning programs.
- 86% of voters agree that improving the quality of child care and early learning programs and making them more affordable for families is a good investment of taxpayer money.
- And these voters want action. An overwhelming majority of voters across the political spectrum say that federal funding for child care and early learning programs should be increased, including 88% of Democrats and 62% of Republicans.
- 78% of business owners agree that their businesses would be on stronger footing if employees had better access to affordable, quality child care.
- Voters support increasing federal funding to states to expand current programs that directly help low-income children (also known as the Child Care & Development Block Grant, or CCDBG) –78% support (including 68% of Republicans and 89% of Democrats.)
- Voters also support increasing the tax credit specifically designed to help working parents offset the cost of child care (also known as the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, or CDCTC) –78% support (Including 73% of Republicans and 86% of Democrats.)