Delaware Child Care Budget- Fund Our Future

Governor Carney has invested over $100 million in enhanced reimbursement for child care during the COVID-19 pandemic—this has been vital to preserving the child care industry.

o   Child Care needs greater financial investment to be stable

       *Child care providers' expenses have gone up 40%, and enrollment is down 50%.

       *National predictions indicate that Delaware could permanently lose 1/3 of its providers due to COVID-19.

       *Child care providers are facing staffing shortages due to low pay and no benefits in most cases.

       *State funding not only helps providers keep their doors open, it keeps costs down for families.

       *State funding supports providers across all settings- in public schools family child care, community            and center-based providers.

     *Research shows that for every dollar invested in high-quality early childhood education, society         gains up to $7.30 in economic returns over the long-term.

o   Child Care is essential for the workforce of today and tomorrow. The state investment has prevented catastrophe in Delaware so far—but we need them to continue.

The Governor will present his budget in January for FY2022.  Contact Governor Carney NOW to encourage him to increase investments in child care!