Support for high-quality early learning and care remains overwhelmingly bipartisan among voters, candidates, and elected officials alike. And Americans are united when it comes to early childhood education and their desire to have the issue remain a bipartisan priority for policymakers at every level of government.

For the past decade, an increase in political demand nationally, paired with the major focus and investments from leaders at the state and local level, have created opportunities for bipartisan advancements on early childhood education in Washington. FFYF’s work to prime the political and policy landscape has helped create new champions in Washington and develop innovative opportunities for progress.

Today, Democratic and Republican candidates for office are harnessing this overwhelming momentum and the undeniable need for action, making quality child care a centerpiece of their campaigns.

And the results of our latest national poll reveal the clear impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on voters’ perception of quality child care—and the need for a significant public investment in meaningful child care policy solutions for working families and providers. No longer can lawmakers and candidates for office view child care as a “nice-to-have” service, when voters now clearly see it as something that is essential for children, families, and America’s economy.

Without question, the tide is moving inexorably toward progress for America’s young children and their families.