Childcare access is central to economic empowerment. Insufficient child care access in the U.S. pushes parents out of the workforce, hurts the economy, and perpetuates cycles of gender and racial inequality because women and people of color are most likely to suffer because of childcare barriers.
As COVID-19 shut down and increased financhial insecurity, issues related to insufficent childcare were exacerbated. To investigate how this impacted people in Durham, 75 parents with kids 5 and under in Durham, NC were surveyed and asked about 3 key issues:
Invest in support for low-income families
If parents had more support related to challenges such as finding employment, affording housing, and accessing healthcare, they would be better equipped to combat childcare barriers.
Local organizations, institutions, and employers can be of use by making it easier for parents to access the help that is available to them.
Expand Durham Pre-K
Expanding access to children that are 3 years old and lowering thresholds for financial support would benefit parents.