#WithinReach Solutions

How policymakers can put high-quality
child care and pre-k within reach

Right now, our policies are out-of-step with the realities of American families—65% of children under age 6 have both parents in the workforce, which means parents, especially working moms, are often left to make an impossible choice: low-quality care to maintain their jobs or forgoing needed pay to stay at home and care for their child.

In order to put high-quality child care and pre-k #withinreach for millions of working families, we need major public solutions that match the gravity of the problem. High-quality child care costs more than median rent in every state, and it’s more expensive than the average annual tuition and fees for a public four-year university in 31 states and the District of Columbia. And only about 34% of preschool aged children are enrolled in pre-k in the United States.

Kids, families, and our economy can’t wait for access to affordable high-quality child care and pre-k any longer—here’s how to put them #withinreach:

High-Quality Child Care Tax Credit

To put high quality child care within reach, the Center for American Progress proposes a new tax credit available to families that make up to four times the federal poverty level. Here’s how it would work:

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Universal Pre-K

To put high quality pre-k within reach, the Center for American Progress proposes universally accessible voluntary pre-k for all 3- and 4-year old children. Here’s how it would work:

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Child Care and Pre-K Across America

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Families Across America Are Struggling

Learn about how out of reach child care and pre-k are for working families.

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