For the U.S. to participate fully in the 21st-century global economy, it needs to think of child care as equally a workforce support for parents and early education for young children. Child Care in America: 2014 State Fact Sheets is critical for child care advocates, policymakers and program administrators as they make decisions about child care programs and expenditures. It provides the data to better understand America’s working families and the circumstances families face as they balance work to support their families with child care that is safe, healthy and promotes early learning. This annual report uses federal and national data and information from state Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other state agencies to look at:
- Family characteristics related to the need for child care.
- The use of child care.
- The supply of child care.
- The cost of child care.
- The child care workforce.
- Services provided by CCR&Rs.
The first section documents the need for and use of child care as a nation. The second section lists facts about individual states, including the District of Columbia.
Source: National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies