Our work highlights why investment in child care, preschool, and other early childhood programs matters no matter one’s age and for the growth and well-being of California.
California’s Child Care Providers Need a Substantial Pay RaiseChild Care & Preschool
California’s Subsidized Child Care Providers Urgently Need a Pay RaiseChild Care & Preschool
Moving Beyond Relief for California Child CareChild Care & PreschoolCOVID-19
California’s Subsidized Child Care Providers Are Overdue for Pay RaiseChild Care & PreschoolCOVID-19
California Families Pay High Price for Subsidized Child CareChild care is critical for working parents, but the high cost of care can be a challenge for families. A very small share of California families with low and moderate incomes receive care through the state’s subsidized child care and development system. Many of these families pay monthly fees into this system — fees that can be unaffordable for families who are living paycheck to paycheck. Working parents should not have to face impossible choices each month about whether to pay for food, rent, or child care. Learn more about family fees and why policymakers must use state and federal dollars to waive fees, ensure child care providers are supported, and boost families’ economic security.Child Care & Preschool
California’s Economic Recovery Starts with Child CareMore than 6 in 10 California children under the age of 12 live in families where all parents are working.Child Care & Preschool
Get the Facts
More than 6 in 10 California children under the age of 12 live in families where all parents are working.
In California, two working parents earning low wages would each have to work 147 hours per week to avoid paying more than 7% of their income on the cost of child care for their infant in a licensed center.
Even prior to the pandemic, 60% of Californians lived in a child care desert with limited access to child care providers.
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