Childcare providers are often excluded from decision-making process in their community, according to a new report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
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As policymakers consider another round of COVID-response legislation, childcare and early education are at the top of mind. Without quality, accessible childcare, employees will be unable to return to work, heavily slowing the restart of our economy. Congress is currently considering four proposals to assist states, communities, and childcare providers, each with significant differences.
Childcare is a two-generation workforce issue, essential to support the workforce of today and vital to develop our workforce of tomorrow. Parents rely on childcare to help them enter, re-enter, or remain in the workforce, but access to affordable, quality childcare is hard to come by.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is partnering with The Hunt Institute to understand the childcare landscape during COVID-19. This presentation will look at the actions that states have taken and the impact on childcare programs’ operations. The presentation will be followed by a discussion on opportunities for state-level engagement to support childcare businesses.
Building on the work of other states, we partnered with the business communities in Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania and their early education partners to understand just how much breakdowns in childcare cost each state. In this study we looked at the causes of childcare challenges as well as motivations behind why parents select various childcare providers. Knowing many employers want to facilitate more access to childcare but do not know where to begin, we sought to learn what types of childcare benefits working parents desire most from employers.