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Child care in the United States has always been challenging, but it has reached crisis levels in recent years. The cost of child care is now one of the most significant expenses for families, often exceeding the cost of housing or college tuition. Fifty-seven percent of working families spent more than $10,000 on child care in 2020.

At the same time, the quality of child care varies widely, with some providers delivering exceptional care while others are falling short. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic created additional challenges for both families and providers. Many child care centers have closed their doors, leaving parents scrambling to find alternative arrangements. The situation is even worse for essential workers who cannot afford to miss a workday. Child care is an essential service, and employers need to support working parents so they don’t lose talented employees.

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