National poll results indicate overwhelming voter support for early learning and child care

Written by: Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera
Date Posted: February 5, 2021

The Coronavirus Pandemic has reinforced the importance of child care and early learning for millions of Americans. As the nation grapples with the challenges of these unprecedented times, the critical role of child care in supporting the economy, working parents, and the development of young children is being recognized by policy makers and voters across the country. The findings of a recent national poll, released by the First Five Years Fund, indicates overwhelming bipartisan support among voters—nationally and in key electoral swing states—for a wide range of policy proposals related to early learning and child care. As lawmakers consider how best to strengthen the economy, this widespread support from voters is particularly crucial.

According to the online survey distributed among 1,004 registered voters nationwide, here are some of the key issues supported by American voters:

  • 74 percent of voters say elected leaders should make child care and early learning a top priority in 2021.
  • By a margin of about five to one, voters would be more likely to vote for their member of Congress if they supported early learning and child care policies, with very little risk of losing voters.
  • 86 percent of voters support making child care more affordable by providing financial support to help working families pay some or all of the cost of quality care.
  • 84 percent of voters support providing preschool, at no cost, to all three and four-year-olds whose parents want to enroll them.
  • 88 percent of voters support attracting, retaining, and supporting quality early childhood educators and caregivers by paying them better salaries and providing them with opportunities to increase their skills through ongoing training, education, and certification, which would improve the instruction and care that children receive.
  • 85 percent of voters support making child care more affordable by providing parents with a tax credit to help pay for child care, regardless of how much they pay in federal income taxes.
  • 87 percent of voters support increasing the availability of quality child care for families by providing a tax credit to businesses that help their employees access and afford quality child care.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated many of the challenges that exist for child care workers and families in need of child care services, these concerns are not novel. Congress has the opportunity to address persistent issues by enacting legislation that will support all kids and families.

Find a fact sheet of the poll results here: https://www.ffyf.org/2021-policy-poll-fact-sheet/

The full results of the poll can be found here: https://www.ffyf.org/2021-national-poll-full-results-deck/

Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera

About Jacqueline Tiwonge Nkhonjera

Jacqueline Nkhonjera is the Communications and Advocacy Fellow for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she supports strategic advocacy and communications tactics. This includes digital and print communications as well as community outreach and engagement. Before coming to the Children’s Campaign, Jacqueline worked as a public policy fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Colorado, and as a journalist at the National Public Radio (NPR) Education Desk. She graduated from Colorado College in May of 2020 with a degree in Political Science.