Policy Issues


Policy Issues

Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting in America every week.

Unfortunately, in many communities, child care is hard to find, harder to afford, and of questionable quality. Child Care Aware® of America has conducted several national parent polls to find out what parents look for in selecting child care and what they expect. Quality is the top concern for parents, followed by cost.  What Child Care Aware® of America  found is that parents’ expectations about child care far exceed the reality of federal and state policies.

Child Care Aware® of America's 2013-2014  Public Policy Agenda          

This section includes the background behind the policy issues. Each section includes a review of the issue, basic data, and policy recommendations.

Additional information is located under Resources, such as State Child Care Fact Sheets, which include the latest information related to child care, as well as demographic data from the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Visit Child Care Aware® of America's Action Center to take action to strengthen our nation’s child care laws.



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