Small Businesses for 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.


Who's signing

Kimberley Jutze
Hilary Simonetti
Tom Strawman
Shannon Minor
Dr. Jessica Adams
Tony Stirk
Brian Miller
Halima Foster
Jeannette Bartelt
Steve Wold
James Woolfe
Francesca Bourgault
Jim Loveland
Garry Kramchak
Chief Cornerstone Vision
Jordon Moses
Franklin Eventoff
Jess Dominguez
Marne Mercer
Katherine Bohn
Dave Mills
Kristi Anderson
Alex Mach
Terry Wolfe
Stevie Sugarman
Letitia Bunge
Michael Pan
Mark Thies
Gail Amshel
Pieter Kark
49 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Kimberley Jutze
    signed 2019-06-14 15:10:57 -0700
  • Hilary Simonetti
    signed 2019-06-12 19:57:28 -0700
    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
    signed 2019-06-12 17:52:53 -0700
  • Shannon Minor
    signed 2019-06-12 14:21:23 -0700
    Shannon A Minor
  • Dr. Jessica Adams
    signed 2019-06-12 10:23:17 -0700
    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
    signed 2019-06-12 07:29:57 -0700
  • Brian Miller
    signed 2019-06-12 01:01:48 -0700
  • Halima Foster
    signed 2019-06-11 20:26:26 -0700
    Halima Foster
  • Jeannette Bartelt
    signed 2019-06-11 18:40:38 -0700
    My Granddaughter is a single parent and has to work. She struggles to make ends meet and child care is crushing her.
  • Steve Wold
    signed 2019-06-11 17:49:58 -0700
  • James Woolfe
    signed 2019-06-11 17:43:16 -0700
    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
    signed 2019-06-11 16:15:59 -0700
    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
    signed 2019-06-11 15:59:35 -0700
    Jim Loveland
  • Garry Kramchak
    signed 2019-06-11 12:47:32 -0700
    Trump needs to be impeached now.
  • Chief Cornerstone Vision
    signed 2019-06-11 12:32:44 -0700
    Chief Cornerstone World Vision
  • Jordon Moses
    signed 2019-06-11 12:05:03 -0700
    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
    signed 2019-06-11 11:38:43 -0700
    Support quality child care for all!
  • Jess Dominguez
    signed 2019-06-11 10:04:42 -0700
    Jess Dominguez
  • Marne Mercer
    signed 2019-06-11 10:03:30 -0700
    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
    signed 2019-06-11 09:44:28 -0700
  • Dave Mills
    signed 2019-06-11 09:24:10 -0700
    Dave Mills
  • Kristi Anderson
    signed 2019-06-11 09:01:01 -0700
    Kristi Anderson
  • Alex Mach
    signed 2019-06-11 09:00:07 -0700
  • Terry Wolfe
    signed 2019-06-11 08:52:22 -0700
    Terry A Wolfe
  • Stevie Sugarman
    signed 2019-06-11 08:31:38 -0700
    Stevie Sugarman
  • Letitia Bunge
    signed 2019-06-11 08:14:46 -0700
    Letitia Bunge
  • Michael Pan
    signed 2019-06-11 08:11:51 -0700
    Michael Pan
  • Mark Thies
    signed 2019-06-11 08:02:42 -0700
    With the abundance of single parent families, it can be nearly impossible to manage work and child rearing. I urge you to support child care for all. I am one of those single parents.
  • Gail Amshel
    signed 2019-06-11 07:57:49 -0700
    Gail Amshel
  • Pieter Kark
    signed 2019-06-11 07:42:28 -0700

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