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Families with young children have consistently been left out of conversations about how to solve the country’s child care crisis. If we want policies and systems that support working parents, then we must understand what they value and need. With comprehensive knowledge of parent preferences, policymakers and employers can be responsive to families and build systems that will best help working families.

BPC conducted 11 parent surveys over the past four years and learned about the complexity of parents’ choices and the factors they consider related to their children’s care. The surveys focus on a number of issues, including the cost of child care, work schedules and hours centers are open, and the unique challenges Native and rural parents face. Parents are making major professional decisions and personal sacrifices to ensure they can afford, find, and provide child care. Many families with young children have needs that extend beyond the formal child care system of today.

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BPC Parent Survey Series

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