June 02, 2021
On April 28th, 2021, Biden announced the American Families Plan. The plan is meant to serve as an investment in the children of America as they go through the many stages of their lives, from pre-school to college.
Not only does it add two years of free community college, but it also provides key funding for childcare.
Throughout the last year of the pandemic, the childcare crisis hit a low point. In fact, many states only had enough infant-toddler child care for a fifth of all children.
Here's how Biden's new plan will address childcare funding issues.
The complete American Families Plan boasts a sweeping $1.8 trillion investment in families. Roughly $225 billion of that amount is going towards funding for childcare. That amount works off of a sliding income scale, so it benefits families in need and also provides funding for childcare centers.
One of the reasons daycare centers fail is due to a lack of quality inventory. Quality inventory helps a business stand out from the rest. Parents are also less likely to enroll children in a facility that doesn't meet their standards.
Investing in childcare means that childcare centers can hire more staff to have smaller class sizes, provide inclusive classroom environments, and purchase everything they need to function properly. Providers would also get an increase in wages to $15 an hour up from the 2020 average of $12.24.
The median price for childcare services for the United States in 2018 was roughly $8,320 a year. Spending goes up depending on location, as well as the type of services offered at each center.
In some cases, parents would rather stay at home and watch their children in order to save on early education costs. Under President Biden's new plan, pre-school will be free for all three- and four-year-olds, so they won't miss out on developing the skills they need to be successful in school.
It provides parents an opportunity to actually earn money at their jobs since part of it won't go directly into childcare costs. Biden's plan also benefits pre-school providers by raising their wages to at least $15 an hour.
One of the most important parts of the American Families Plan is the inclusion of paid family and medical leave. Currently, nearly a fourth of all mothers end up working shortly after their child is born.
The program will ensure workers receive some kind of wage replacement when they need to take time away from work to care for a loved one or deal with their own health.
Biden's new American Families Plan is providing the kind of funding for childcare it so desperately needs, especially after a long year of pandemic life. Childcare centers can finally afford to furnish themselves with the materials they need using proper childcare funding, such as our quality crib sheets.
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