High-quality childcare is critical for children's well-being and growth.
It creates a safe and nurturing environment where they can develop essential skills that will positively impact their future. Access to top-notch childhood education programs brings significant benefits, like improving health, cognitive abilities, and socioemotional skills.
Kids who receive high-quality early care and education have higher chances of graduating from high school, pursuing higher education, and earning better salaries as adults. By offering early childhood development programs, we level the playing field and give all children an equal opportunity to thrive and succeed.
Stronger, safer communities are formed when kids have access to quality childcare.
Investments in childcare are an effective way to break the cycle of poverty plaguing our communities, resulting in stronger families and multi-generation outcomes. Children with access to supportive childcare are more likely to finish high school, pursue further education, and secure full-time employment. They are less likely to interact with the criminal justice system or engage in drug use.
When children receive early childcare education, they are more likely to develop the skills necessary for success in school and beyond. This sets a strong foundation for their future and enhances their ability to become productive members of society, strengthening the overall fabric of the community. When our kids succeed, we all do.
The most effective thing we can do today to create safe, strong communities is invest in childcare now.
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.
The lack of affordable childcare is hurting our workforce.
The cost of childcare in Santa Clara County has risen to unaffordable levels for families, forcing many to leave the workforce or the county entirely. 40% of women in STEM careers in Silicon Valley left or changed jobs after having their first kid. This has resulted in a workforce crisis in Santa Clara County, with many businesses unable to staff up and stay open.
Increasing access to childcare will help our economy grow.
Investments in childcare benefit our entire economy. When parents are able to work, they contribute more revenue from taxes and have more money to participate in our local economy. These investments increase employee productivity, decrease absences (20-30%) and decrease turnover (37-60%), improving economic outcomes for businesses. Furthermore, children with access to early childcare are less likely to need costly interventions later in life, saving the county and cities money.
We can’t afford to fail to act – it’s costing us too much.
Watch why Jo Lopez, owner of LUNA Mexican Kitchen, supports affordable childcare for a stronger economy.