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Public Policy Center Newsletter - March 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services survey data finds that almost 54 percent of children ages 0 to 5 (12.6 million) participate in some type of non-parental care arrangement for at least 10 hours every week. Child care is not just a key enabler to allow parents to participate in the labor force or pursue education and training, it is also critical for the healthy development of children to ensure they start school ready to learn. CED’s recent report, Child Care in State Economies – 2019 Update, examines the child care industry’s effect on parents’ participation in the labor force and provides extensive details regarding its impact on regional economic growth and development. The report finds that the child care industry – which mostly comprises small businesses – has an economic impact of $99 billion. CED believes that these economic contributions should be supported through policies that increase access to high-quality care. Read the report highlights and access state-by-state fact sheets and talking points on our web page

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