WASHINGTON, D.C., June 23, 2014 – Child Care Aware® of America today announced the release of the annual 2014 child care state fact sheets. These fact sheets provide data critical to child care advocates, policymakers, and program administrators as they make decisions around child care programs and expenditures in their state. The fact sheets also look at the cost, use, and supply of child care in individual states, as well as family characteristics related to the need of child care, services provided by Child Care Resource and Referral agencies, and the child care workforce. Visit usa.childcareaware.org for the latest data on your state.
Child care has been top priority as an area of focus for the administration. President Obama stated in his most recent weekly address, "Child care is another challenge. Most working families I know can't afford thousands a year for child care, but often that's what it costs. That leaves parents scrambling just to make sure their kids are safe while they're at work. Forget about giving them the high-quality early childhood education that helps the kid succeed in life."
Lynette Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America, joined President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at today’s White House Summit on Working Families to discuss ways to strengthen the nation’s workplaces so they better support working families. The Summit, hosted jointly by the Center for American Progress, the Department of Labor, and the White House Council on Women and Girls, focused on removing barriers based on gender and family responsibilities and making sure America remains competitive in the global market for decades to come. More than 1,200 legislators, advocates, business and labor leaders, economists, invited citizens and members of the media were in attendance.