Date: May, 2009 Abstract: The Voices for Children Report released May 21, 2009 finds that funding for early care and education has declined over the past decade, despite the high cost of child care. The report also notes that child care remains an unafforable expense for many working families. In 2008, the average cost of child care was $9,100 per child, often the most expensive necessity in the budget of working families. Despite the high costs, the state spent 12% less in inflation-adjusted dollars on early care and education programs in 2008 than it did in 2002.
Author: Cyd Oppenheimer, J.D., Voices for Children
Date: May, 2009 Abstract: There are several bills concerning early care and education introduced in Congress that would make major strides in improving access to child care, including high-quality care. Below you will find the NWLC's briefs on these bills.
Author: National Women's Law Center