If you have kids, you need child care. Maybe every day, maybe once a while – and when you do, you want quality care by trained folks. But – and you probably already know this – our country’s child care system is broken, especially for parents who don’t work a 9 to 5 schedule or don’t make big money. Which…is most of us.
The high cost of child care hurts struggling parents. Full-time child care costs about $12,000 to $16,000 per year or more. If that sounds like it’s more expensive than it used to be, that’s because it is. Child care costs have doubled in the last twenty years. But the people providing the care? Their wages haven’t increased at all in the same time.
Something’s not right, and we need to fix it. Parents deserve to have quality, reliable child care by trained workers who are making enough to survive.
We’re inspired that fast-food workers, airport workers, and others are standing up and demanding a living wage (in fact, many of us are those workers). We’re joining together in a national movement to win the funding to support a great early learning system for parents, kids, and workers.