Renee’s Round-up: Child Care Access, Cost, and Quality

Tinker with the Economic Policy Institute’s Family Budget Calculator for a few minutes, and one thing will become clear: child care is one of the largest expenses for families across the country. High quality child care is simply out of reach for many families, while childcare professionals themselves are often struggling to make ends meet earning minimum wage.

In a humorous short film, our friends at the Make It Work Campaign offered a creative child care solution for parents – and highlighted the serious need for a national solution.

Child Care Aware of America recently released their annual Cost of Care report, which details the challenges America’s families face in paying for child care. The report also includes a set of recommendations to improve cost, quality, and access to child care.

   Childcare workers joined union allies in a gathering outside the Supreme Court during the oral arguments in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case, which concerns collective bargaining rights of public employees.

Economic security is not just out of reach for parents—it’s out of reach for childcare workers, too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median income for childcare workers in 2014 was less than $20,000 per year nationwide.

Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture Committee released the “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016.” Among other provisions, the bill would provide an additional snack for children in child care more than nine hours a day. Read the Food Research and Action Center’s analysis to see why the bill is a step in the right direction, but could be even stronger.

In case you missed it, Every Child Matters’ recent encounters with presidential candidates discussing child care were covered in the Des Moines Register, POLITICO, The Washington Post, and Time, among other outlets.

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