THIS SHOULDN'T BE AN ISSUE
As much as we love our organization, COVID Community Care shouldn’t have to exist.
We started our work because the pandemic exacerbated existing inequalities in access to safe and affordable child care.
Even before the pandemic, the cost of quality child care was higher than most families could afford, and now it's even higher.
So why is child care so important in the first place?
Without it, working families wouldn’t be able to earn a living, businesses wouldn’t be able to hold on to workers, and children across the country would miss valuable educational opportunities.
Disastrously, all of those things are happening on a massive scale during the pandemic.
CCC is looking to bring on an Advocacy team to help us educate people about these issues and advocate for reform.
Whether it be through research or local policy-related projects, this is an opportunity for you to make a difference. Visit our "join us" page to get involved!
Child care is necessary for millions of Americans. Without it, working families wouldn’t be able to earn a living, businesses wouldn’t be able to hold on to workers, and children across the country would miss valuable educational opportunities.
This is the reality for too many people. COVID-19 has exacerbated the collapse of the already feeble child care system. The cost of quality child care is higher than most families can afford, low revenues mean that providers can’t afford to fund their programs, and more than half of Americans live in places with higher demand for child care than supply.
Things are getting worse. Child care providers who were already struggling before the pandemic have had to shut their doors, and thousands more are having trouble funding necessary public health measures to keep operating, facing a 45% increase in cost to provide care.
But this isn’t an inevitable outcome. The United States spends 0.33% of gross domestic product on child care compared to its peer nations with an average of 0.74%.
So what can be done? According to a 2018 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the child care system needs an annual investment of approximately $140 billion, with $82 of that billion funded by the public sector. For perspective, the US is projected to spend approximately $50 billion annually over the next 10 years to maintain its nuclear arsenal.
People are working on it. In 2017 and 2019, a bi-partisan pair of US senators introduced the Child Care for Working Families Act, which includes this needed public investment by increasing compensation for educators, expanding child car access in underserved communities, and limiting the amount that families pay for child care by no more than 7 percent of their income. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Child Care Is Essential Act, would invest $50 billion to make sure that the child care industry can stay afloat.
It is imperative that congress, as well as state and local governments act. Everyday CCC works with medical professionals who can’t afford or access child care.
Ultimately, COVID Community Care is a response to the devastating effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on an already crumbling child care system. But we, and organizations and individuals like us, can only do so much. It's time for our elected officials to step up and act. Our children depend on it.
LISTEN TO LEARN MORE
"A Safety Net For American Children"
Micheal Barbarro on The Daily podcast by The New York Times
THE ARTICLES WE'RE EXPLORING NOW
CCC is new in the advocacy space, so we're learning as much as we can to start enacting change.
"The Expanded $3,000 child tax credit would help 10 million kids living in poverty. Democrats aim to make it a permanent increase. "
March 4, 2021
Our Takeaways: "The American Rescue Plan act was recently passed in the House. It calls for an increase in the child tax credit, a HUGE step in the right direction—it’ll lift 4.1 million children under 18 out of poverty. Although it’s supposed to be only temporary, this plan will have long-lasting effects, as well as garner the support of multiple senators, fighting for it to stay in effect for the long term." - Max Fisher, CCC Advocacy Director
"The U.S. Coronavirus Response Must Meet Health Workers' Child Care Needs"
March 24, 2021
Our Takeaways: "The large percentage of mothers currently employed as medical workers statistically struggle to find child care, which endangers the already weak infrastructure of U.S. health care. Although this article is from the beginning of the pandemic, the child care crisis is still continuing on. COVID Community Care advocates for and stands with the medical workers experiencing childcare and tutoring hardship, and continues to provide services to them, at no cost." -Max Fisher, CCC Advocacy Director
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Action Item 001
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