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Child-Care Policies and Priorities


Child care is at the forefront of national policy discussions. Raising a child in America is more expensive than ever before, and for many families, child care is their largest monthly expense—exceeding housing.

Did you know that less than one quarter (23.5%) of all families use organized daycare centers? An overwhelming 76.5 percent of families use something other than organized care facilities - a parent staying home to care for the child(ren), or a family member or friend.

Progressives tend to push more federal grants and regulations as the best way to drive down child-care costs and improve quality of care. While well intentioned, these proposals actually backfire on families, and can make child care even more expensive and leave families with even fewer options.

The goal to any federal child-care policy should be to provide relief to help all families, regardless of what kind of child-care arrangements they prefer.

Many conservatives have long called for a major expansion of tax deductions for families with children. According to a message trial conducted by Evolving Strategies for IWF, the vast majority of parents prefer child-care tax benefits (75%) over subsidies (39%).

IWF has taken the lead on exploring modern policy solutions to ease the burden on parents while creating a vibrant marketplace of child-care option. Check out this short video: Straight Talk About Child Care.

Let's ensure families can make the choices that work best for them—whether that’s high-quality, affordable child care, a parent staying home, or enlisting a friend or relative to help.

Independent Women’s Forum’s mission is to improve the lives of Americans by increasing the number of women who value free markets and personal liberty. Sister organization of Independent Women’s Voice.
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