High-quality, affordable child care and preschool is essential for many families and their children. Child care and preschool programs help children to learn and explore, while allowing parents to find and keep jobs knowing their children are in good hands. The Budget Center examines state funding and related policies for child care and early education, including opportunities to broaden low- and middle-income families’ access to quality programs.
Child Care & Preschool
President Trump’s Child Care Proposal: Few Benefits for Struggling Families
This analysis examines the child care proposal President Trump had issued during his campaign, highlighting how the plan strongly favors families with high incomes and would provide little benefit to lower-income families who struggle to afford child care.
Over 1.2 Million California Children Eligible for Subsidized Child Care Did Not Receive Services From State Programs in 2015
This Fact Sheet shows that an estimated 1.5 million California children were eligible for subsidized child care in 2015 but only 1 in 7 of them received services from state programs.
A Rising Minimum Wage Reinforces the Case for Boosting Investment in California’s Child Care and Development System
This blog post discusses the increase in California’s state minimum wage, which will rise from $10 per hour to $15 per hour in the coming years, and what this change means for the state’s system of early care and education (ECE).