Among low-income families, for whom the burden of child care’s high costs hits hardest, the ability to access child care could be the difference between achieving greater prosperity or dropping deeper into poverty. However, only 16% of eligible children (monthly average) received child care subsidies in 2016. In Michigan, we found the subsidy rates do not align with market rates in most cases, creating gaps for child care providers and families seeking quality child care.
PPA has released a new issue brief that examines the critical challenge of making affordable, quality child care accessible to low-income families. Read the issue brief here: Increasing Access to Affordable Child Care