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Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Michigan's Strength
Michigan's working parents need affordable, high-quality care options for the sake of their families and the economy
Michigan’s working parents with infants or toddlers know how difficult it can be to find high-quality, affordable child care. This problem impacts much more than individual families, however, as high-quality child care can strengthen the current and future workforce, contribute to a strong economy and public safety, and enhance national security.
Our new national study found that the infant-toddler child care crisis has an annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue. These costs impact parents, employers and taxpayers.
Michigan policymakers must expand programs that enhance the affordability and availability of quality child care – particularly for infants and toddlers. Action now can improve the experiences of Michigan children today and strengthen our state in the years to come.
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