COVID served as a giant wakeup call to the fundamental importance of childcare and in particular, its importance to women who left the workforce in droves to care for their families during the pandemic. Childcare plays a critical role in enabling both parents to work, and work productively – yet for years, childcare has largely been undervalued and underfunded.
The pandemic has brought us to a crossroads.
Today, 51% of employers state they would provide workers with additional childcare support if the government provided incentives to do so, such as tax benefits or subsidies27. We’re not there yet. In the meantime, 40% of childcare centers believe that without additional public assistance, they will close permanently due to the pandemic28.
For those who are looking for work in Southern California, this could mean limited childcare availability and increased costs above and beyond the enormous childcare expenses they already pay.
Childcare is absolutely imperative for the health and sustainability of our local economy. Now, more than ever, parents need our help.