Support For Working Families

In addition to the proven benefits of early childhood education for children, access to affordable, reliable, and high-quality early learning and care opportunities provides 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. Current research finds:

  • Child care helps parents return to work and generate an additional $79,000 in lifetime earnings for mothers. [1]
  • A lack of child care causes 45% of parents to miss work. [1]
  • Early education helps parents stay employed and work more hours for longer periods, regardless of parents’ education level. [1]
  • Child care expenses consume a large share of low-income families’ budgets. [4]
  • Single mothers who receive assistance for child care payments are “nearly 40% more likely to maintain employment over two years” than those who do not. [5]
  • A lack of child care causes businesses to lose an estimated $4.4 billion annually due to employee absenteeism. [1]
  • Working families who can’t access affordable child care lose $8.3 billion in wages annually. [2]
  • Access to stable, high-quality child care helps parents improve their labor productivity by increasing work hours, missing fewer work days, and pursuing further education. [3]
  • High-quality child care that enables mothers to enter into the labor market pays for itself through increases in family income. [6]