Resource | January 18, 2019

America's Child Care Crisis Imperils the Nation

A lack of access to affordable, high-quality child care hurts the nation in terms of our economy, national security, and public safety.

The nation’s infant-and-toddler child care crisis is exacting a heavy toll on parents, children, and society.

There is scientific consensus that early brain development sets the stage for children’s future success. That’s one reason why a lack of access to affordable, high-quality child care, especially for infants and toddlers, helps fuel a variety of devastating societal problems that impact our nation.

Whether it’s an annual cost to society of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue, a smaller military recruiting pool, or the potential for more and costlier crime down the road, the child care crisis must be solved in order for our nation to remain strong.

Council for a Strong America and its members are working to try to help remedy this crisis. This page will be updated regularly with highlights of our work.

REPORT: Want to Grow the Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis.

ReadyNation’s new national report sets the stage by explaining the nature of the crisis, including the fact that it costs our nation a total of $57 billion per year.

LETTER: Business Leaders Urge Congressional Action

Over 50 senior business leaders from across the country have signed a letter to Congress urging strong Child Care and Development Block Grant funding and other initiatives to fight the infant-and-toddler child care crisis.

SPOTLIGHT: Key Businesses Helping to Fight the Child Care Crisis

This profile presents three examples of companies that have created better child care options for their employees, thereby improving the lives of parents and children, while also bolstering their own productivity.

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