Affordable, Quality Child Care

The lack of a good, affordable child care system is crushing families, workers, and small businesses. This doesn’t just hurt small business owners and our employees -- it also contributes to inequality when it comes to race, gender, and wealth. Access to stable, quality, affordable child care improves employee morale, reduces absenteeism, and increases business productivity.  It creates a more stable workforce, reducing recruiting, training and turnover costs. Political leaders who care about small businesses, our employees, and our communities will support public solutions for affordable, quality child care for all.

Main Street Alliance small business owners support robust public investment in child care policies like the Child Care for Working Families Act, that help small businesses and families to:

  • Lower child care costs for working families so that no family pays more than 7 percent of their income.
  • Provide flexibility to accommodate the complex work schedules faced by small business owners and their employees by increasing the availability of care options and for nontraditional hours.
  • Strengthen high-quality child care programs for infant to school age children, and for children with disabilities, by promoting quality standards and fair compensation and giving child care providers the resources and the support to improve.
  • Create well-paying care jobs in the child care industry by increasing compensation for child care providers.
  • Support small business child care providers in starting and growing their businesses, particularly in child care deserts, areas with a severe undersupply of licensed child care.
  • Ensure that small businesses can also benefit from tax incentives for employer provided child care, through tax credits and subsidies that support small business child care cooperatives, and small business pooling.
  • Generate a sustainable public revenue stream for child care investment by closing corporate tax loopholes, and creating a more a progressive income tax structure.

It’s time to give Main Street businesses a fighting chance. Big corporations win and small businesses struggle when lawmakers fail to act. Let’s level the playing field for small businesses, strengthen economic opportunities for our families and communities, and promote greater racial and gender equity by ensuring robust public investment in child care.


 

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  • Olivia Couch
  • Erin McFerson
  • Amy Mcnamara Kirkwood
  • Beth Fischer
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  • Melissa Cleaver
    The lack of a good, affordable child care system is crushing families, workers, and small businesses. This doesn’t just hurt small business owners and our employees — it also contributes to inequality when it comes to race, gender, and wealth. Access to stable, quality, affordable child care improves employee morale, reduces absenteeism, and increases business productivity. It creates a more stable workforce, reducing recruiting, training and turnover costs. Political leaders who care about small businesses, our employees, and our communities will support public solutions for affordable, quality child care for all.


    It’s time to give Main Street businesses a fighting chance. Big corporations win and small businesses struggle when lawmakers fail to act. Let’s level the playing field for small businesses, strengthen economic opportunities for our families and communities, and promote greater racial and gender equity by ensuring robust public investment in child care.
  • Kimberley Jutze
  • Hilary Simonetti
    Childcare is one of the most important challenges we face. Early education in a world like ours is paramount. To save the world, we must teach the children.
  • Tom Strawman
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  • Dr. Jessica Adams
    Due to lack of available child care in our area, I have had 3 employees (I only have 18 employees total) need to take extended leave after their children were born. Currently there is essentially no option for infant care locally, so 2 employees required an entire year off of work until their children were old enough to enter one of the few child care options in the area.

    This presents a financial hardship for the employees and their family, as I cannot afford to offer such extended paid leave. It presents a hardship for my business because finding a “temporary” employee for an entire year is a significant challenge, but expecting the rest of the permanent staff to cover for someone for that duration is unreasonable as well.
  • Tony Stirk
  • Brian Miller
  • Halima Foster
    Halima Foster
  • Jeannette Bartelt
    My Granddaughter is a single parent and has to work. She struggles to make ends meet and child care is crushing her.
  • Steve Wold
  • James Woolfe
    Children are full of Hope & Promise of a Brighter Future. If Health care is unaffordable or unsustainable, where is the promise from our elected officials to bring a Brighter Future?
  • Francesca Bourgault
    I support quality childcare for all because, though going to work or staying home with a child(ren) should be a family choice, it is typically not due to income inequality both by sex and class. Until we are able to provide a family wage for one worker without requiring an unreasonable number of hours, it is crucial to provide high quality and affordable childcare. This also means that the childcare workers deserve compensation directly related to the high caliber of care we expect them to offer.
  • Jim Loveland
    Jim Loveland
  • Garry Kramchak
    Trump needs to be impeached now.
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  • Jordon Moses
    Accessible and equitable access to childcare is essential for parents and families starting or running small businesses. It will help support small business owners as well as other people who have children. Folks should be able to pursue developing a business, going to school, or pursuing a variety of fields without having to worry about childcare.
  • Franklin Eventoff
    Support quality child care for all!
  • Jess Dominguez
    Jess Dominguez
  • Lee Mercer
    Please support adequate funding for childcare for all who need it. Businesses throughout America will benefit by adequate childcare for their employees and customers.
  • Katherine Bohn
  • Dave Mills
    Dave Mills
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    Kristi Anderson
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