Child Care Aware® of America has conducted several national polls and focus groups throughout the country to better understand parent preferences when selecting child care, what they look for, the assumptions they make about licensed care, the choices they have in their community, and policies or programs they believe would strengthen the quality of child care.

During child care searches, transitions, and beyond, families want consumer information to be easily accessible, relevant to their experiences, understandable and trustworthy. More than any other aspect of child care, parents are concerned about quality. They want their children to be safe. Families want their children to be learning. They desire these qualities to be present in child care settings that they can afford and are located in their communities.

This section includes insights about child care and early learning gleaned from experiences shared by families and community members.

The Search For Child Care

Family Voices: Summary
Download the Family Voices Summary
Family Voices: California
Family Voices Report on California
Family Voices: Kansas/Missouri
Family Voices Report on Maine
Family Voices: Maine
Family Voices Report on Maine
Family Voices: Mississippi
Family Voices Report on Mississippi

Family Experiences with Cost and Access

Mapping the Gap Infant and Toddler Care in America 2018 
The US and the High Price of Child Care 2019  
Millennials and the High Cost of Child Care 2017 

Learn more about supply and demand!