Child Care News & Legislative Updates


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See how much child care costs in each California county

Phillip Reese, Sacramento Bee, April 18 These days, infant child care in California can cost as much as a mortgage. The average monthly cost to put an infant in a California day care center full time in 2014 was about $1,110 a month, according to the latest data from the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. That’s up from $940 a month in 2009, a 7 percent rise after adjusting for inflation. The median income of California families with children is about $64,000. That means more than 20 percent of a typical family’s income would go to child care […]

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Paid Family Leave and Child Care Could Erase Motherhood Wage Penalty

By Gaby Galvin, U.S. News & World Report, April 7, 2017 In 1990, American women earned 71.6 cents for every dollar earned by men. Twenty-seven years later, that figure still holds true – for some women. In 2017, mothers earn just 71 cents for every dollar earned by fathers. The wage gap between men and women in the U.S. shrunk drastically in the 1980s and early 1990s, as women joined the workforce in increasing numbers and earned degrees at higher rates, but the gap has remained relatively stagnant since the mid- to late 1990s. There’s one major detriment to financial […]

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Helping State and Local Officials Advocate for Child Care

Center for American Progress, April 6, 2017 Access to affordable, high-quality child care is essential for children and families. On average, 65 percent of children in the United States have all available parents in the workforce, making child care a necessity for parents to maintain employment. In fact, it can cost families hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost wages, wage growth, and retirement assets to leave the workforce to care for their children. Learning begins at birth, making it critical that all children, including infants, have the opportunity to access high-quality care. In the first five years of life, […]

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Trump would eliminate some parents’ only source of affordable childcare

Bryce Covert, ThinkProgress, March 30 Despite his pledges to make childcare affordable, Trump’s budget would undo federal funding for afterschool programs. Wanda Hill couldn’t work last year for the simple reason that her kids couldn’t get into a free afterschool program. She cares full-time for one of her children and four of her grandchildren, three of whom are old enough for free afterschool care. When she realized they couldn’t get in, she called around to see about getting daycare for them before and after the school day. But the center she found wanted $350 a week for an hour in […]

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Trump touts affordable childcare plans

Mallory Shelbourne, The Hill, March 29 The Trump administration will work to make affordable childcare available for more families, President Trump said Wednesday during a speech at a women’s empowerment panel at the White House. “My administration will work every day to ensure that our economy is a place where women can work, succeed and thrive like never before,” Trump said. “That includes fighting to make sure that all mothers, and all families, have access to affordable childcare,” he added, to cheers from the crowd. “We want every daughter in America to grow up in a country where she can […]

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