A Federal Agenda for Affordable, Quality Child Care
Publication Date: September 2009
Author(s): Dan Lesser
Series: Vol. 42 no. 7-8
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: childcare; employment
Coverage: United States
Child care is essential for low-income parents who are working or seeking to enter the workforce. Affordable, quality child care not only promotes employment and economic stability for parents but also facilitates children' s cognitive and emotional development and prepares them to succeed academically when they start school. Because of the expense of child care, however, quality care is often inaccessible. To make work pay for low-income parents, the federal government should ensure affordable, quality child care for all families who need this support in order for parents to succeed in the workforce.