Skyrocketing costs for quality child care are forcing too many parents to leave our workforce. It’s time to get serious about implementing policies that help make child care affordable for parents who choose to work. Increased access to quality child care isn’t just critical to helping today’s economy and workforce—affordable child care policies are also an investment in the future of New Hampshire’s economy.
In 2017 we led a successful, grassroots campaign that increased funding for child care by 25% in the state budget. This $15 million increase has helped our state meet important health and safety requirements of the federal child care block grant and continue to support families who depend on child care scholarships to get to work.
Here are the facts:
- The average family of four in New Hampshire earns an income of approximately $66,000 per year—of that about a third, or $22,000, goes just to paying for child care
- Quality early learning environments are critical to shaping a child’s brain to set the stage for lifelong learning
- With child care costs as high as they are in New Hampshire, parents are dropping out of the workforce because child care is unaffordable – leaving businesses struggling to fill critical positions
“As the parents of two young children, my husband and I knew making ends meet was never going to be easy, even with both of us working full time. But we didn’t realize that it would be nearly impossible. The cost of providing both of our children with quality child care is so high that when I went back to work, our financial position got worse than it was when I stayed home."