Hitting the Road to Tout the Importance of High-Quality Childcare

October 23, 2017

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Takeaways

CEW will travel to five cities in 2017 to engage the business community on the importance of high-quality childcare.

The Center for Education and Workforce is travelling to states around the country to discuss the importance of high-quality child care. In partnerships with state and local chambers of commerce, we are convening business and community leaders, policymakers, and education department officials to discuss the critical role of high-quality childcare in supporting the workforce of today, and the workforce of tomorrow.

The road trip kicked off on October 16 in Baton Rouge, LA, and will continue with dates on October 23 in Grand Rapids, MI and in October 25 in Atlanta, GA.

For many families today, high-quality, accessible childcare is a necessity. Two out of three of children under age five live in homes where both parents work.  However, many parents struggle to find affordable, high quality care. The average cost of full time center-based care is about $10,000 a year, and only 10% of early childhood providers across the U.S. are considered high-quality. 

What’s more, research shows the critical importance of a child’s earliest years, and the need for high-quality environments to lay the strong foundation necessary for success in kindergarten, school and beyond.

In each state, we will explore quality childcare's role in strengthening the current and future workforce, boosting the regional economy and promoting economic mobility. We’ll hear from leaders in business and education who will discuss ways in which the public and private sector can work together to advance access to affordable, high-quality childcare.

In addition to the October 16 event in Baton Rouge, events will take place in:

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan - October 23.
  • Atlanta, GA - October 25. 
  • Austin, Texas - November 3
  • Frankfurt, Kentucky - November 16
  • More states to come next year!

Access to quality child care is crucial to the development of a competitive workforce – both today and in the future. Stay tuned for news and updates as we take this conversation on the road!  Follow the conversation on Twitter (@USCCFeducation) and Facebook.