Why Does Child Care Cost So Much Yet Providers Make So Little? | Child Care Aware of America



It’s a common question. Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood teachers earn so little? The average cost of child care is out of reach for many families and rivals college tuition, while early educators are among the lowest paid workers in the country. How is this possible?

High-quality early care and education experiences, to which early educators are essential, provide lasting benefits to children, our economy and society, but receive only minimal public investment. The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley and Child Care Aware® of America teamed up to create a new video that explains why parents cannot afford to pay, educators cannot afford to stay and to propose a solution for a better way to support children, their families and early educators.

Learn more about the cost of child care in your state:

Learn about strategies for talking with legislators and others:

Learn about the status of Early Childhood Educators in your state:

Child Care Aware® of America is a national membership-based nonprofit organization working to advance affordability, accessibility, development and learning of children in child care. Founded in 1987, we advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families, lead research that advances the child care and early learning field, leverage technology to help families make informed decisions about child care, and provide professional development for child care providers. Child Care Aware® of America is the only national nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on child care and serves as ‘our nation’s leading voice for child care’. We work with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies nationwide. These community-based agencies assist over 860,000 families a year secure child care and provide training and support to child care providers. Child Care Aware® of America is honored to support all branches of the military in their commitment to providing quality, affordable, community-based child care for all military families.

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