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Parents’ sentiment on the 2024 federal budget


Democratic and Republican voters are in broad agreement that Congress should make children and families a priority. Congress must address the debt ceiling without trading away critical supports that their constituents depend on. The ZERO TO THREE/Morning Consult poll found: 87% of parents with infants and toddlers say that addressing the needs of children and families should be either a top or important priority in this budget cycle; Six in ten parents said it should be one of Congress’s top priorities; Notably, there is bipartisan agreement among both parents who voted Democrat in 2022 (94%) and those who voted Republican in 2022 (90%) that Congress should prioritize the needs of children and families in the upcoming federal budget; 84% of parents of infants and toddlers surveyed are concerned about the prospect of Congress cutting child care, including 60% who are very concerned; More than two in three (68%) of respondents said they anticipated challenges finding affordable high-quality child care without congressional action; 64% expected to struggle to work because of lack of child care options; Six in ten respondents (60%) predicted that inaction would lead to late or missing mortgage payments, rent, or utility bills; 82% of parents are concerned about cuts to special education programs. 83% are concerned about cuts to food assistance and nutrition; 82% of parents are concerned about cuts to affordable housing programs; 87% are concerned about cuts to healthcare; 84% are concerned about mental health—including strong majorities who say they’re very concerned about cuts to those programs. Babies and their families must be a top priority: Robust public funding is needed to ensure that all babies, families, and early childhood professionals have access to the high-quality programs and supports that they need to thrive. This includes access to quality, affordable child care, healthy food assistance and nutrition, and housing. (author abstract)

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