Delaware’s Child Care Crisis Has Already Arrived; It Could Get Much Worse

Joint Finance Committee and Senate Majority Leadership

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Today in Delaware, families are struggling to find child care. Due to underinvestment, providers must decide whether to accept children from low-income families without the funding needed to provide care or pay their bills. As a result, providers are turning families away.

Advocates requested $60 million in ongoing, sustainable funding for the Purchase of Care subsidy for children and families. Governor Carney and the Joint Finance Committee are committing no increase in state funding, instead authorizing the state to find $5 million in one-time contingency funds, 8% of what was requested, to be used only if needed.

With the lack of investment, low-income families, rural families, and primarily Black and brown children to suffer the worst. In addition, child care deserts will increase, more children and families will lose access to early care, limiting families’ economic mobility and leaving children unprepared for kindergarten.

Please add your name to tell the Joint Finance Committee leadership, Senator Trey Paradee and Representative William J Carson, and the Senate majority leadership, Senators Dave Sokola, Bryan Townsend, and Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman, to invest more state sustainable funding in POC -- at least $15M more in FY22.

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Today in Delaware, families are struggling to find child care. Due to underinvestment, providers must decide whether to accept children from low-income families without the funding needed to provide care or pay their bills. As a result, providers are turning families away.

Advocates requested $60 million in ongoing, sustainable funding for the Purchase of Care subsidy for children and families. Governor Carney and the Joint Finance Committee are committing no increase in state funding, instead authorizing the state to find $5 million in one-time contingency funds, 8% of what was requested, to be used only if needed

With the lack of investment, low-income families, rural families, and primarily Black and brown children to suffer the worst. In addition, child care deserts will increase, more children and families will lose access to early care, limiting families’ economic mobility and leaving children unprepared for kindergarten.

It is critical for our lawmakers to invest more state sustainable funding in POC -- at least $15M more in FY22.

Without significant investments, the state’s child care industry will collapse. Families will lose access to care. Please make sure the final budget meets the needs of families and children.