Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Wisconsin’s Strength
High-quality child care can help grow the economy, increase public safety, and enhance national security.
Working parents across Wisconsin, especially those with infants or toddlers, understand how difficult it can be to find high-quality, affordable child care. This problem impacts not only individual families, but also our state, 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.
Wisconsin lawmakers must protect and expand programs that enhance the affordability and availability of quality child care – particularly for infants and toddlers–by increasing funding for the Wisconsin Shares Child Care Subsidy Program. Additional innovative ideas, like a tax credit for child care workers, can improve the quality of programs. Action now can improve the experiences of Wisconsin children today and strengthen our state in the decades to come.
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