The Stories Behind the Issues

Parents are calling for safe, affordable, quality child care. Here's why...

Featured Parent

Featured Parents:

Kim and Bryan Engelman (Kansas)

In 2004, their daughter Lexie Engelman, a 13-month-old toddler, died from injuries received in a family child care home. Enacted in 2010, Lexie’s Law dramatically improved standards to ensure children were in safe and quality child care in Kansas. Read more about Lexie’s Law.

Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Major Issues for Reform:

Background Checks

The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which allocates funds to states for child care and sets the framework that guides states in enacting legislation, does not require background checks for child care providers even though most parents assume that background checks are required for licensed care.

Learn more about background check requirements for child care centers and family child care homes.


Hear from Parents on Background Checks


Health and Safety

Health & Safety Related

Child Care Tragedies in the News

  • Brief Summary of Parent Stories related to health and safety problems

Federal law requires that states have policies in place to protect the health and safety of children in child care in only three areas:

  • The prevention and control of infectious diseases
  • Building and physical premise safety
  • Health and safety training appropriate to the program setting

Learn more about health and safety requirements for child care centers and family child care homes.


Hear from Parents on Health and Safety

Budget/ Access, Affordability

Take Action!  Tell Congress to protect our children and fix child care today!

Child care is expensive. In 36 states, the annual cost of child care for an infant in a center exceeds the cost of college. Most families, not just low income families, struggle to afford the cost of child care.  Yet, only one out of every six children eligible for child care assistance receives it.

Learn more about Child Care funding and the federal budget and about the cost of child care.


Hear from Parents on Budget and Access

  • Alaska:  Chris Murray  who works in shifts at opposite times as his wife to avoid the high cost of child care
  • ArkansasBen Hammond, a father of three young children who struggles with the cost of care
  • CaliforniaClarissa Doutherd a mother of a preschool-age child who can't find affordable child care
  • Minnesota:  Katie Olson, a mother of two young children struggling to find affordable care on the White Earth Indian Reservation
  • New Jersey: Lian Ferguson, a mother of a preschool-age child fighting for affordable, quality care in New Jersey
  • New York:  Heather McShane and Saima Akhtar, mothers fighting for affordable, quality care in New York
  • Tennessee:  Rebecca and Timmy Dyal, fighting for affordable, quality child care in Tennessee
  • Virginia:  Susana Coro, a mother of two young children who testified before a U.S. Senate Committee


Additional Child Care Related Issues:

Quality Infant and Toddler Care

  • Visit our Quality Matters page for more information related to infant and toddler care.

Rural Child Care

Children and Disasters

Children and Nutrition

  • Click here for a collection of parent and child care provider stories about the importance of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  • Learn more information on the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

Homeless Children

  • S. 3476, the Improving Access to Child Care for Homeless Families Act Introduced by Senator Murray (D-WA)
  • For more information about what you can do to end child homelessness, check out the Campaign to End Child Homelessness.
  • Check out additional data on children and families living in poverty.