The Wicked Local editorial board recently took on the challenges of the mounting costs of child care in Massachusetts. The state is grappling with the availability and affordability of child care options, the board notes, and policymakers will have to find a way to balance the desire for quality early education and care and the need to expand early education and care services.
From Wicked Local’s ‘High cost of child care is squeezing Mass. families’:
To help lessen some of the burden on families, the commonwealth does offer some financial assistance, including child care subsidies. But there are far more parents seeking subsidies than are available, with 53,000 income-eligible Bay State families receiving subsidies and more than 40,000 on the wait list.