Child Care

Ensuring working families and their children have access to safe, affordable and high-quality child care

Working families need access to high-quality, affordable child care that meets their children’s developmental needs; however the high-cost of care creates a barrier to access for many families. While the federal government provides supports to families to help defray the cost of care, both through the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) and the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), these supports are not sufficient to meet the needs of all the families they are designed to serve. Fewer than 1 in 4 eligible children under 5 benefit from CCDBG and the non-refundable CDCTC provides no benefit to the families that most need help and minimal support to middle-income families who still struggle to pay for quality care. Additionally, a well-trained and competitively compensated workforce is necessary to provide the quality of care children and parents deserve, but child care workers are paid less than parking lot attendants in 30 states. CDF is committed to working with our partners to ensure that all children have access to affordable, high-quality child care that supports their early development and their parents’ abilities to work.