For First 5 Marin’s child care forum, Senior Policy Analyst Kristin Schumacher presented on the importance of affordable child care and preschool and basic policy approaches to address child poverty and boost child development.
Many families in California pay much higher portions of their income for childcare. A single mother with an annual income of $52,076 would pay nearly half of her income on the cost of care for an infant and preschool-age child in a licensed child care center in 2017-18, if she did not have access to subsidized care, according to the California Budget & Policy Center, a nonprofit organization that analyzes how budget policies affect low- and middle-income Californians.
As part of our “Policy Perspectives Speakers Series,” the Budget Center hosted a special webinar briefing that looked at the significant unmet need for subsidized child care and development programs in our state. This webinar featured three experts on California’s subsidized child care system discussing the importance of child care assistance for our state’s children and families and how Governor Newsom’s budget plans to invest in these vital programs.
This Fact Sheet shows that the cost of child care in California is prohibitively high for families with children of all ages and that across all age groups, only a small share of eligible children are enrolled in a subsidized child care program.
This Fact Sheet shows eligibility for subsidized child care in California by race and ethnicity. This analysis highlights the fact that children of color are more likely to live in families with low incomes and are therefore disproportionately eligible for subsidized child care and development programs.