Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Texas’ Strength
High-quality child care can help grow the economy, increase public safety, and enhance national security
High-quality child care can strengthen the current and future workforce, contribute to a strong economy and public safety, and enhance national security. However, Texas’ working parents with infants or toddlers understand how difficult it is to find child care that’s accessible, affordable, and truly beneficial to their child’s development during one of the most crucial periods of brain development. For example, infant care in a Texas center averages $9,102 per year, nearly as much as public college tuition.
The national 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.
Texas lawmakers must promote families’ access to affordable, high-quality child care, particularly for infant and toddlers. Action and innovation now can improve the experiences of Texas children today and strengthen our state in the years to come.