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Access to affordable, reliable, and high-quality early learning and child care opportunities provides working families with better job stability and overall economic security.

Here are five things to know about child care and working families.

  1. Child care prices are untenable across all program types, age groups, and geographic locations. In 2021, the cost of infant care ranged from 24.6% to 75.1% of income for single-parent households.
  2. Child care helps parents return to or stay at work, which can generate an additional $94,000 in lifetime earnings for mothers.
  3. Almost half of parents are absent from work at least once every six months due to child care issues.
  4. 74% of mothers and 66% of fathers have left work early, arrived late, or been absent because child care fell through at the last minute.
  5. In a recent poll, 59% of part-time or non-working parents say they would go back to work full-time if their child had access to quality child care at a reasonable cost.

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FFYF Submits Comments on Improving Access to High-Quality, Affordable Child Care

December 2, 2019

In October, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) issued a request for information calling for an honest assessment of child care in …


October is Head Start Awareness Month!

October 3, 2019

This October, FFYF is honoring Head Start Awareness Month — an important opportunity to reflect on and appreciate this critical federal early learning program. Since its founding in 1965, Head …


Urban Institute Examines Possible Impact Resulting from Proposed Expansion of Child Care Supports

August 7, 2019

Today, the Pritzker Children’s Initiative hosted a webinar highlighting a new report from the Urban Institute which modeled the impact associated with a drastic increase in funding for child care …


See How All 50 States Use CCDBG Funding to Support Working Families Access Quality Child Care

June 14, 2019

Yesterday, our friends at Child Care Aware of America released a series of state fact sheets on the status of funding through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) …


GAO Report Examines Patchwork of Early Learning and Care Programs From State to State

June 13, 2019

Head Start and the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) provide critical funding for high-quality early learning and care programs, and yet they are able to serve only a small fraction …


VIDEO: CCDBG Is Creating New Opportunities for Working Families

June 12, 2019

Child care is a necessity for working parents, yet the cost of quality care often places it out of reach. The Child Care and Development Block Grant program (CCDBG) provides …


Research: High-Quality ECE Strengthens Families and Can Break the Cycle of Poverty

May 14, 2019

A new analysis from Nobel laureate economist James Heckman finds that targeted, high-quality early childhood investments have the power to lift multiple generations out of poverty. This research demonstrates the …


Strengthening Child Care Tax Incentives to Support Working Families

March 11, 2019

Child care is not a luxury for American families—it’s a necessity. Yet the costs associated with quality child care are rapidly out-pacing most other expenses faced by families, including the …


FFYF Letter to White House Workforce Policy Advisory Board

March 5, 2019

In February of 2019, the White House announced the creation of a Workforce Policy Advisory Board, tasked with advising Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Adviser to the President Ivanka Trump on …


One Year after MIECHV Reauthorization, Advocates Look to a Bright Future for Successful Home Visiting Services

February 8, 2019

Tomorrow, the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program celebrates the first anniversary of its bipartisan reauthorization, which extended the program through Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 at a …


NYT: As Washington Limps Along, Head Start Thrives

February 5, 2019

Did you see the front page of today’s New York Times? Featured prominently — A1 above the fold — was an article about the undeniable success of the Head Start …


Research Shows Early Care and Education Use is Rising Among Low-Income Hispanic Families

September 27, 2018

Research from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families finds that early care and education use is rising among low-income Hispanic families. Their latest brief, Access to Early …

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