Report | June 24, 2020

Home-Based Child Care: A Surprising Key to Keeping the American Workforce Strong

Policymakers must support the child care system used by most families

Although many people think of child care as occurring in centers, the vast majority of child care in the United States is home-based. Home-based child care (HBCC) accounts for 97 percent of all child care settings and serves almost two-thirds of the children ages birth to five who are in care. HBCC is particularly important for infants and toddlers, children from families with low incomes, and those living in rural areas. HBCC is an essential support for the American workforce, with the majority of parents relying on this care so that they can go to work and support their families.

Home-based child care availability, in addition to centers, is critical for companies of any size to retain a talented and engaged workforce, especially when on-site work is required.

Joe Sheetz, CEO, Sheetz, Inc.

Given HBCC’s vital role in supporting the workforce and our economy, it is critical that policymakers develop and enhance programmatic supports for home-based child care.

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