In addition to the proven benefits of early childhood education for children, access to affordable, reliable, and high-quality early learning and child care opportunities provide working families with better job stability and overall economic security. Unfortunately, the need to access this critical support far outpaces their current capacity, and many families across the country cannot afford the cost of quality child care.

Without access to early learning and care, parents tend to miss work, lowering household incomes and potentially leading to job loss. Supporting families with the cost of quality preschool and child care will result in a more efficient and productive American workforce in both the short- and long-term.