CHILD CARE KEEPS AMERICA WORKING

Millions of Americans rely on child care just to be able to work each day.

America needs child care relief to keep the industry afloat during the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The disastrous economic crisis has hit the child care industry especially hard, causing widespread layoffs and closures as a result of catastrophic drops in enrollment. And while the nation’s economic recovery from this crisis will be a slow, phased process, child care providers will be expected to be open to care for children as parents return to work, while operating on financial losses for months to come due to new social distancing requirements and continued low enrollment. Providers will also face increased operating expenses to meet new and important health and safety standards.

The devastating impact of these financial realities cannot be sustained without direct federal investments that ensure child care providers can keep their doors open to meet the needs of children and families.

Without significant, dedicated child care relief, there may not be a child care industry left to keep America working.

More than half of child care providers may disappear

1/2

of child care facilities have closed and may not reopen without relief

4.5m

child care slots will be permanently lost with these widespread closures

More Relief is Needed to Keep America Working

Congress and the Administration have taken important steps to provide immediate assistance to America’s child care providers and families. If the child care industry is to survive this ever-growing crisis, significant and dedicated assistance will be needed.

Keep Providers
In Business
Ensure child care providers who are currently closed continue to pay staff and cover fixed costs.
Protect Frontline
Staff
Support providers who remain open during the crisis, including assistance for children and workers.
Ensure Programs
Re-open
Prevent further child care deserts during and after the crisis that will hurt economic recovery.
Help Families
With Affordability
Families will need financial help to find and afford child care that works for them after this crisis.

Action Center

If you are a caregiver struggling to keep your business working, we have assembled all of the resources that are available to you and provided a way for you to tell your story to Members of Congress so they can see what more needs to be done. Take action now to speak to Congress directly.