NYT Parenting worked with YouGov to create a brief online survey that offers a quick, informal snapshot of the costs faced by parents of children around the country enrolled in child care. Of the 1,027 parents who responded, 28 percent reported that child care and preschool expenses were a “very significant financial strain,” and 20 percent reported going into debt to manage these expenses.
According to YouGov, the median amount spent on preschool and child care was $400 a month, and 22 percent of the parents said they spend $1,000 or more.
Click here to read the story on the New York Times website.
Commentary: Invest More in the Early Years of North Carolina Children
Our state has enjoyed broad bipartisan support for early childhood investments – recognizing that the foundation for future learning, health and well-being is built during children’s earliest years. But the proof is in what we do, not what we say.
Children’s healthy development does not happen by accident. Every day, adults make decisions that impact young children across North Carolina: they shape the experiences and environments in which our children learn, live, and grow. And besides families and caregivers, elected officials are among the most powerful adults in the lives of North Carolina’s children – creating budgets and policies that can help to build a strong foundation for our children.
Click here to read the full op-ed, written by Child Care Resources Inc. President and CEO Janet Singerman.