New York’s Child Care Crisis

Access to high-quality child care is crucial to getting more New Yorkers back to work as the state continues its economic recovery amid the ongoing pandemic and persistent inflation.

Yet our latest statewide poll found that across all racial groups, parents of young children encountered challenges accessing child care. What’s more, nearly half (49%) of all parents said their child care situation was not very workable.

Key Findings:

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Parents across all racial groups indicated they have encountered challenges accessing child care. Additionally, Black parents were more likely to say they needed access to care during evenings and weekends and nearly ¾ (73%) of Black families reported having to travel more than 10 minutes to reach their child care program.
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Parents with children in child care are largely satisfied with their program across a variety of metrics. Yet Asian and Black families are much more likely to say they have family needs that are not provided by their current program.

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There is broad support for investments to ensure that all children have access to a high-quality child care program, including minimizing costs for parents and ensuring that early educators earn a family-sustaining wage. 
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Families from low-income households were more likely to consider cost when choosing a child care provider, and two in five indicated that their child does not attend a child care program because they are not able to afford it. 
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Across all racial groups, parents said that issues with child care have affected their ability to attend work, school, or other commitments. 
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Nearly two thirds of parents (63%) had heard nothing or little about the Empire State Child Tax credit. Parents reported that if they were to receive a child tax credit, they would use it for basic necessities including child care, housing, and utilities. This underscores the critical need for New York to expand access to families with children under age 4.

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Download our social media toolkit with sample images and posts below. Please spread the word about why New York must invest in its child care infrastructure, including a universal system that is high-quality, accessible, and affordable for all New Yorkers by posting on your personal or your organization’s social media accounts and using #NYChildCareCrisis.