The Child Care Supply Crisis: Why Deregulation Is Not The Answer

October 28, 2019

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Over the past few years, legislators and state administrators have noticed an alarming trend: a substantial decline in the number of child care providers. How much of a decline? Well, according to the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance, the number of small, licensed family child care homes fell by 35between 2011 and 2017 

As a means to increase the supply of child care providers, some policymakers are turning to deregulationWhile it’s true that complex regulations and requirements can place a heavy burden on providers, there is little evidence suggesting these regulations are the cause of the decline of providersInstead, the decline can often attributed to high operation costs, initial start up barriers and the long hours required of providers (often 12-hour days).  

Instead, we at Child Care Aware® of America recommend that our focus should be to support and invest in the child care workforce as a better way to address the decline. Framing the conversation around support and investments rather than deregulation allows the supply of child care to expand access and for children to be in safe care environments.   

So, what can you do as a child care advocate? To help educate policymakers and stakeholders on this topic, Child Care Aware® of America created a one-pager with important facts, data, and policy recommendations. To download, click the link below.   

Download Deregulation One Pager

Inside the one-pager, you’ll find more information about the decline of child care providers, as well as our recommendations to help support the workforce. Please share this one-pager with the policymakers in your state and local community and encourage them to fight for safe, affordable, high-quality child care for all families in the United States.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

Jacob Stewart

Written by Jacob Stewart

Jacob Stewart is currently the Manager of Policy and Governmental Affairs at Child Care Aware® of America. Prior to this, he worked for a U.S. Senator, received his Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Cambridge, and taught 7th- and 8th-grade math in a public school for three years.