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
||Family Voices: California
||Family Voices: Kansas/Missouri
|Family Voices: Maine
||Family Voices: 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