Child Care Needs at Least $700 billion in Direct Spending to Reach an Equitable Recovery

The National Women’s Law Center is pleased to share a new resource created by CLASP, ZERO TO THREE, NWLC and partners that details why we need at least $700 billion in direct spending for child care and early learning. 

While the American Rescue Plan provides robust relief, it was not designed to address the long-term structural flaws in our economy that made the pandemic so devastating for women of color and their families and harmed communities across the nation.  

An equitable economic recovery effort, one that will not further exacerbate inequities by race and gender or further entrench occupational segregation and wage disparities, requires that Congress invest at LEAST $700 billion in direct spending for child care and early learning. This level of investment supports landmark legislation such as The Child Care for Working Families Act and Universal Child Care and Early Learning Act.

For the full fact sheet, click here.

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