Congress, Bring Down Childcare Costs for Families
By Hannah Matthews
Our country’s chronic denial of the public role in sustaining a healthy childcare sector is untenable. The U.S. Treasury Department calls the nation’s childcare system “unworkable.” Childcare fees exceed housing costs and college tuition in some states. While parents shoulder enormous cost burdens, childcare workers earn near-poverty wages. Children also suffer the consequences. High-quality programs—those with sufficient resources to create environments that keep children safe, healthy and support their learning—are out of reach for many families.
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