Child Care Policy
High-quality child care facilities contribute to improved social and economic outcomes for children, small business development for child care operators, and economic opportunities for parents who have the flexibility to work while their children are cared for in safe and stimulating environments. Given the far-reaching benefits of child care, LIIF is a strong advocate for increased resources – including capital and technical assistance – to support the development of high-quality child care facilities.
Along with the National Children’s Facilities Network (NCFN), LIIF plays a leadership role in advocating for the creation of a pool of federal funds for technical assistance, business planning and renovation and expansion of child care facilities. LIIF participated in the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) May 22 event, From the Ground Up: Improving Child Care and Early Learning Facilities, where a comprehensive set of congressional recommendations was unveiled to invest in child care facilities needs. LIIF strongly supports the congressional recommendations outlined by the BPC.
On December 2, 2019, LIIF submitted a comment letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in response to the request for information (RFI) on “Improving Access to Affordable, High Quality Child Care.” Our letter emphasized that facilities are a critical part of the broader ECE conversation and are directly tied to the quality of a program and the health and safety of children and workers. Yet there is currently no dedicated source of federal funding for ECE facilities, which creates barriers to providers entering and staying in the market. Federal resources for investing in child care facilities – including dedicated support for technical assistance and capacity building – will be most effectively accomplished if done through an intermediary structure.