Child care in the United States is inaccessible and unaffordable for many working families. The cost of child care has increased by 220% over the last three decades, disproportionately burdening low-income and working families. Workers in this field earn poverty-level wages, leading to child care deserts as businesses across the country struggle to maintain staff. The reimagined and strengthened Child Care for Working Families Act (HR 2976/S 1354), introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), would make high-quality child care affordable and accessible for families nationwide by investing in care infrastructure, reducing costs for families, supporting early childhood learning and development, bolstering the childcare workforce, and addressing racial and gender disparities in the care system. It is past time to tackle the child care crisis and ensure families across America can find and afford the high quality child care they need.
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