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 continue to 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 have advocated 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.
Read more in my extended post on education and childcare.