Deluzio highlights child care center at Pittsburgh International Airport as a model
A poll released in July showed that 74 percent of voters think federal funding for childcare and early learning programs should be increased. That includes 61 percent of Republican voters and 86 percent of Democratic voters.
Every member of Congress was asked about child care policy. Only 5 Republicans answered.
Going into the 2024 election, child care is on the minds of parents, particularly mothers. But public opinion has not been enough to motivate Republicans, in particular, to take a stronger stance on the issue.
Women workers could bear economic brunt as federal child care funding ends
Parents struggled to pay for child care and child care centers strained to retain workers well before 2020, but the pandemic accelerated many of the industry’s struggles and without the federal money many would have shut their doors. Now some of that money is going away.
How states are trying to ease the child care crunch | Analysis
The efforts come as federal pandemic aid is set to end.
Pandemic debt, childcare responsibilities exacerbates struggles for women | Monday Morning Coffee
The Family Voices Amplified survey, which polled 637 women from over 15 different cities across the United States, found that the majority of participants have had to take on debt since the COVID-19 pandemic due to a reduction in working hours due to increased caregiving responsibilities.
Affordable for whom? The cost of child care in Pa. | The Numbers Racket
Child care should take up no more than 7 percent of a families’ income in order to be considered “affordable,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Report: Affordable, home-based childcare is key to economic recovery | Friday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania lost about a third of its home-based child care providers in recent years. The pandemic only exacerbated that trend.
Expanded childcare key to returning Pa. women to post-pandemic workforce | Thursday Morning Coffee
'Child care is a persistent, ongoing problem that needs our immediate attention if our economic recovery is to continue,' one advocate said.
Roads and bridges aren’t enough. For a strong economy, we need to invest in ‘care’ infrastructure | Opinion
If quality child care is unaffordable, unavailable, or unreliable, parents can’t take the jobs that employers are desperate to fill.
Wolf announces $51M in assistance to child care providers
The funds, designated for eligible, licensed providers, are intended to cover costs associated with reopening as counties move into the yellow phase of COVID-19 mitigation.
New Pa. database tries to connect frontline COVID-19 responders to child care providers
The interactive map, which was published on the Department of Human Services website on Friday, catalogues the 700 child care providers that have been granted waivers to operate since Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all schools and day care centers to shutter on March 17.
Childcare providers seek $100M in aid to ride out COVID-19 pandemic
The money would help centers that rely on tuition payments maintain their payroll and overhead costs until the COVID pandemic abates.