Access to safe, reliable, quality child care is out of reach for many working and low-income families with young children. Despite support from states, many families still pay substantial out-of-pocket costs for quality care. In Illinois, for example, subsidized families with a 4-year old in center-based care were responsible for paying $4,911 - nearly twenty percent of the household income for Black and Latino single mothers.

In a tough economy, single women mothers and families will need increased support to secure and maintain employment or attend and complete education programs. Although quality child care is a critical support for working parents, it remains unaffordable for many families in America, particularly for low-income single mothers and communities of color. In 2009, child care costs in six states accounted for at least half of the national household income for Black and Latino single mothers.

This panel with leading experts will examine the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on subsidy funding and availability, highlight the importance of child care subsidies for working, low-income communities, and strategize policy solutions to enhance child care subsidy experiences for women of color and their families.

Discussants:
Gina Adams, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
J. Lee Kreader, PhD, Director of Research Connections, National Center for Children in Poverty
Benita Miller, Executive Director, Brooklyn Young Mother’s Collective
Chanelle Pearson, Research Associate, Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner

Hannah Matthews, Senior Policy Analyst, CLASP, Moderator