Turning the Corner: State Child Care Assistance Policies 2014

October 27, 2014

High-quality child care gives children powerful opportunities to learn and helps parents work and support their families. But across the U.S., many families struggle to afford care. A new state-by-state report from the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) looks at how families in various states are faring when it comes to child care assistance. It examines five critical factors that affect the help families can get in paying for child care.


Overall, the new is good. This year is the second year in a row in which the situation for families improved in more states than it worsened – which is a turnaround from the previous two years, when the situation worsened for families in more states than it improved.  The study finds that families in 33 states are doing better under one or more key child care policies than they were last year. In 13 states, families are worse off than they were before under one or more policies. 


Nevertheless, the report’s authors say the past year’s improvements were generally modest and not sufficient to close continuing gaps in families’ access to assistance and the level of assistance available.


Related: Take Action! It's up to us to urge policy makers to build on the positive trends we saw between 2013 and 2014 by making smart investments that help vulnerable women and their children succeed. The NWLC has an easy online pledge to help you weigh in on this issue. Click here