As a working mother of three children, I know first-hand the struggles families face when trying to find care for infants and young children. Access to childcare is a family support, preventative health, education, gender equity, and economic development issue. I will work to expand support for existing high-quality public and community-based programs and provide opportunities for new and expanded programs through additional state funding, technical assistance, and strong community partnerships to ensure that local, full-year, full-day programming is available, including afterschool care. I will advocate for increased childcare subsidies for families, and expanded training and increased compensation for early childhood educators to safeguard quality and attract the best staff. I will work with legislative colleagues and other community partners to prioritize childcare funding and provide this essential support for families and children.