Tag: child care

Making Child Care Accessible to Low-Income Families


January 23, 2015

As we noted in a recent Fact of the Week, the average annual cost of center-based child care for an infant is nearly half of the income of a family of three living at the poverty level. In fact, child care is one of the most significant expenses in a family budget and often exceeds Read More »

Fact of the Week: Child Care Cost is Nearly Half of Income for a Family at the Poverty level


January 7, 2015

With the start of the new year, many of us returned to work or school after some time off over the holidays. While parents are hard at work at jobs or bettering their education to provide for their children, roughly 11 million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in Read More »

Fact of the Week: Child Homelessness at Historic High in U.S.


November 26, 2014

Imagine an elementary school classroom with roughly 30 kids in it, seated at their desks. Pick out and focus on one kid until you can see his or her face. Now imagine that kid is homeless. And not just that kid, but a kid just like him or her in every single classroom or day Read More »

Fact of the Week: Number of Children Benefiting from Federal Low-Income Child Care Program at a 15 Year Low


October 30, 2014

The number of children receiving child care funded by the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) fell to a 15-year low, according to CLASP analysis of data from the Department of Health and Human Services. The CCDBG is the primary source of federal funding for helping low-income families pay for child care, with half of Read More »

Child Care Centers and the Quality Improvement Catch-22


October 23, 2014

This post was originally published on the Half in Ten Education Fund’s TalkPoverty blog on October 22. Quality, affordable child care is not only right and necessary to prepare children to learn; it’s also needed if low-income working parents are to have a shot at working their way out of poverty. Our nation’s funding source that Read More »

You Are Not Alone: The White House Summit on Working Families


July 1, 2014

Decades ago, I remember women slowly awakening to the fact that their dissatisfaction about roadblocks to working outside the home was not just their personal problem. It was a hard slog to get from blaming yourself to recognizing that the “system” needed changing. It felt like that again at the White House Summit on Working Read More »

Head Smacker: Can’t Afford Child Care? You’re Less Likely to Have Paid Leave


June 23, 2014

63 percent of children in the U.S. live in families where all parents work. But the lower the family’s income, the less likely the parent’s employer is to provide any form of paid leave.  The U.S. Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) released a new report, The Economics of Paid and Unpaid Leave, as background for Read More »