The Need for Affordable Childcare

Last week, I was fortunate to be part of a delegation from Rhode Island, invited to participate in a Regional Roundtable Discussion on Improving Access to High-Quality Child Care. The Rhode Island delegation was led by Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins, and the roundtable was hosted by the Administration for Children and Families.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston reported that more than 65% of children under age 6 have all parents working. Despite this need for childcare, our country continues to struggle with providing affordable, quality, and accessible childcare.

I am pleased that our federal partners are listening to stakeholders and looking for solutions. Children’s Friend will continue to provide input and solutions in ensuring that all children and families have real access to high quality early learning opportunities.