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Parent perspectives: Child care and the federal government


A new poll from ZERO TO THREE in collaboration with Morning Consult makes clear that parents of infants and toddlers want federal policymakers to do more to address challenges facing their families – especially when it comes to reinstating the enhanced Child Tax Credit. August 2023 Poll Results Highlights: Parents hold the federal government accountable for child care challenges. In fact, a plurality (47%) of parents say the government is most responsible for child care challenges, such as long wait lists, high costs, and limited options; Congress’ failure to secure funding for the child care system in the upcoming year will result in additional challenges for parents. One-third of parents say they anticipate having to rely on family for child care (34%), reduce the amount of money they spend (32%), and having difficulty finding quality child care they can afford (32%) if funding is not secured. Furthermore, nearly nine-in-ten parents with children in formal child care say they are concerned about their provider raising prices (88%) and being unable to retain teachers (86%) if Congress does not secure child care funding; Parents want the federal government to put child care at the top of their legislative agenda. Nearly nine-in-ten (86%) parents say it should be a priority for Congress to secure funding for the child care system in the upcoming year. (author abstract)

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