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Historically, the child care subsidy system has been underfunded, serving only one in six children eligible under federal law.
Families working nontraditional hours face challenges finding child care, and child care services they do use tend to receive less support from public funds.
Our State-by-State Spending on Kids Dataset offers the most comprehensive account of public spending on children available, and it gives state and federal administrators the data they need to make informed decisions amid pandemic relief.
How can policymaking build a stronger early childhood education system that meets the needs of all children, families, programs, and teachers?
The American Families Plan will increase investment in childcare and early education, and the impacts will benefit even those without children.
The American Families Plan includes a historic investment in young children and public education that aims for universal preschool and broad access, especially for children of color and children from families with low incomes. But truly universal preschool may require an even larger investment.
Removing barriers could support the healthy development and well-being of millions of American children.
Despite the importance of home-based child care providers, many do not participate in or benefit from public child care investments.
To promote an equitable economic recovery and better support families, policymakers can use COVID-19 relief funds to begin addressing child care challenges.
The Child Care and Development Fund is one possible source of support for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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