Access to affordable childcare allows parents to work and provide for their families.

Too many working parents are forced to choose between putting food on the table and providing their children with close supervision and enrichment. As the cost of living and the cost of childcare continue to rise, many families are struggling to stay in Santa Clara County. Increased investment in childcare not only supports working parents, but also creates good-paying jobs that help providers - mostly women of color - support their families and stay in our communities.

Access to affordable childcare allows parents to succeed in their careers

This struggle is incredibly challenging for communities of color. The lack of affordable childcare further exacerbates the inequalities they face. However, by increasing our investments in childcare, we can make a real difference in creating good-paying jobs, especially for providers, many of whom are women of color. This investment is not just about financial support; it's about recognizing these providers' valuable contributions to our communities.

When we invest in childcare, we're investing in the well-being of families. We're ensuring that parents can pursue their careers while knowing their children are safe and giving providers the support they need to continue being an integral part of our communities. It's a win-win that strengthens the foundation of our society.

By the Numbers:


Families Not Meeting Basic Needs

28% of Santa Clara households are not earning enough money, without subsidies, to meet basic needs.


Parents’ Careers Impacted

94% of parents had the careers impacted by the lack of childcare – 42% reduced their work hours, 26% switched to another job and an additional 26% left the workforce altogether.


More in Earnings

Childcare helps parents go back to work and generates an additional $94,000 in lifetime earnings for mothers.