Child Care

Quality, affordable child care.

Families want and need access to quality, affordable child care that offers children a safe environment, nurturing relationships with caring adults, and positive early learning experiences. Policies can help improve the quality and availability of child care options for children ages 0-3 and help families who struggle to afford quality care.

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Tell Congress to #ThinkBabiesAndAct and support quality child care!


61% of infants and toddlers have mothers in the labor force.


In 28 states and D.C., child care for infants and toddlers is more expensive than in-state tuition and fees at a public university.


Every dollar invested in quality early learning programs that start at birth can deliver a 13% annual return on investment.

Legislation At-A-Glance

The Child Care for Working Families Act

This bill would ensure parents have quality child care available so they can continue working and their children can learn and thrive. Building on the existing Child Care and Development Block Grant, it would increase the number of children who could receive child care assistance by more than 13x the current amount, with particular attention to infant and toddler care. It would also provide training and compensation for child care workers to improve the quality of care for infants and toddlers.

What it could mean for babies:

More families across the country would have access to high-quality, affordable child care. This would provide more babies and toddlers, including children with disabilities, with the developmental support they need to arrive at school ready to learn and prepared for future success.

Advocacy Tools & Resources

Child Care Advocacy Toolkit: Use these tools to urge your policymakers to Think Babies and make quality, affordable child care a reality for all working families.

State of Babies Yearbook: 2020: Use national and state-by-state data on the well-being of infants and toddlers to call on federal and state policymakers to improve outcomes for babies and families.

Child Care in Crisis: Stories from the Field: Read the first-person perspectives of child care providers and families on the ongoing child care emergency and amplify their voices in your advocacy efforts and conversations with policymakers.

Family Child Care Messaging Kit: This toolkit, developed by All our Kin in partnership with Think Babies, provides resources on how to elevate the important role of family child care in a mixed-delivery system for infants and toddlers.