One of the six projects that RWJF selected as part of this new body of work was a collaboration between the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), focused on the new economy and child care
for low-income families, particularly those with parents working nonstandard hours.
In the end, everyone--you as a parent and the child care
provider staff as a whole--wants what is best for your child.
According to the federal Office of Child Care
and the Annie E.
Three cities in Pennsylvania Allentown, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh are considered to be among the nation's worst child care
deserts, according to the Arlington, Virginia-based child care
advocacy group Child Care
As a result, the high cost of child care
is becoming a particularly salient issue, with pressure building for government to "do more" to support it, not least as a means of helping poor families.
"For example, 14 percent of national survey respondents reported that, in the previous year, someone in the family had to quit a job, forego taking a job, or greatly change a job because of problems with child care
To analyze the effects of child care
expenses on the poverty rate, we assembled a data file consisting of the five most recent years, 2012-2016 (capturing poverty from 2011-2015) of the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement, downloaded from IPUMS.
* Massachusetts: 69.12 (Total Score), 11 (Economic/Social Standing), 11 (Work-Life Balance), 3 (Child Care
), 2 (Health)
In every state, the average cost of center-based infant child care
is more than 24% of median income for single parents.
According to Elisabeth Ballermann, secretary-treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees, the union representing many of the province's early childhood educators, "Research has shown the impact affordable child care
can have on the economy, allowing women to return to the workforce more smoothly and with the success of children."
With 61 percent of all children under age 5 in the United States in some type of regular child care
arrangement in 2011, child care
is a necessary work expense for many American families (Laughlin, 2013).