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.

NATIONAL 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.

CONGRESSIONAL BRIEFING: Child Care Solutions Will Boost Our Nation’s Economy

ReadyNation members met with policymakers and engaged in a panel discussion on Capitol Hill to highlight the child care crisis and the need for strong Congressional action to fight it.

NORTH CAROLINA REPORT: Want to Grow North Carolina’s Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis.

This new North Carolina report from ReadyNation lays out the case for investments in high-quality, affordable care to boost North Carolina’s workforce today and tomorrow.

MINNESOTA BRIEF: Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Minnesota’s Strength

This Minnesota research brief sheds light on the child care crisis in Minnesota and explains the damage caused by a failure to provide affordable, high-quality child care options for working parents.

GEORGIA BRIEF: Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Georgia’s Strength

A new Georgia research brief spotlights the infant-and-toddler child care crisis in the Peach state, demonstrating why working families in Georgia need better access to quality care.

NEW YORK BRIEF: Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine New York’s Strength

This New York research brief highlights the challenges and damage associated with a lack of child care access in the state of New York.

WISCONSIN BRIEF: Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Wisconsin’s Strength

This new Wisconsin research brief explains the impact of the child care crisis on working families and children in the Badger state.

ARIZONA REPORT: Infant-Toddler Child Care Increases Arizona’s Success

Council for a Strong America’s new Arizona report shows how high-quality child care can help grow the economy, increase public safety, and enhance national security.

PRESIDENT’S BLOG: Child Care is a Bipartisan Opportunity

Council for a Strong America President & CEO Barry Ford writes about the challenge—and opportunity—presented by the infant-and-toddler child care crisis.

OREGON REPORT: Want to Grow Oregon’s Economy? Fix the Child Care Crisis.

ReadyNation’s new Oregon report, recently released at an event in Baker City, shows how child care “deserts” and other care-related issues negatively impact parents, families, and the economy in Oregon.

LETTER TO CONGRESS: 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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