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
Over 1.2 Million California Children Eligible for Subsidized Child Care Did Not Receive Services From State Programs in 2015
A new Budget Center Fact Sheet highlights the unmet need for subsidized child care in California. While an estimated 1.5 million California children (birth to age 12) were eligible for subsidized child care in 2015, only 1 in 7 of them (218,000) 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).
Where Does California Stand in the “Raising of America”?
A special documentary series, The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation, highlights the importance of supporting families with young children through a variety of public policies. This post discusses why California must boost investment in child care and preschool as a key way of helping low- and moderate-income families to advance.