June 14, 2023

Report: Child Care Costs Push FL Parents to Breaking Point

Trimmel Gomes writes:

"New data ranks Florida 31st in the country for overall child well-being, however, it showed parents are tapped out on child care costs.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2023 Kids Count Data Book shows Florida made slight improvements, but remains in the bottom half among states in three of the four areas the group tracks.

The Sunshine State ranks 37th in economic well-being, 33rd in health, and 32nd in family and community. Norín Dollard, senior policy analyst and Kids Count director for the Florida Policy Institute, said despite the minor progress in some areas, the availability and cost of child care are putting extreme pressure on parents.

'You know, 13% of Florida's families had changes in their jobs -- either they left their job, they reduced their hours, they had to make some accommodation -- because of child care issues,' Dollard pointed out.

The report found women are five to eight times more likely than men to experience negative employment consequences related to caregiving. Dollard argued more work is needed, including expanded subsidies for child care, so parents can afford transportation, among other needs."

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