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CT legislation helps reduce child care provider shortage

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Thursday, June 13, 2024   

Legislation in Connecticut could help reduce the ongoing child care workforce shortage

Reports show some 40,000 child care positions unfilled. The average salary for providers is just over $15 an hour and aligns with the national average but may not cover the state's high cost of living. House Bill 5002 will create the Tri-Share Child Care pilot program in New London.

Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, said the program will reduce child care costs.

"This innovative program is going to split child care expenses evenly between employee, employer and the state to make sure that the burden is shared equitably," Bysiewicz explained.

The Economic Policy Institute found the average yearly cost of infant child care is more than $15,000, which then drops to almost $13,000 for a 4-year-old. Bysiewicz thinks bolstering statewide child care will reduce Connecticut's overall workforce shortage. A state report showed 1 in 5 parents has quit or been fired due to child care problems.

Senate Bill 249 also aims to help reduce the child care provider shortage. It removes limits on the length of the early childhood business incubator program and changes how many facilities can be approved under the program.

Bysiewicz noted the change will allow more than 20 towns to participate and have the incubators.

"It's a place where a woman or a man who wants to start a child care business will have the opportunity to do so in a common space and get the support that they need to do that," Bysiewicz added.

Part of the decline in this industry is due to the pandemic. Jobs in the field plummeted during the start of COVID, but some states are seeing a bounce back due to American Rescue Plan funding.


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