In response to the urgency of the nation’s child care crisis—with federal child care stabilization funds expiring, creating a child care cliff putting at risk child care for millions of American families—President Biden requested $16 billion in emergency child care funding in his recent supplemental request to Congress. This emergency funding aligns with the call from nearly 1,000 organizations from around the country and Congressional Democrats’ recently introduced Child Care Stabilization Act.
The American public strongly supports what President Biden and Congressional Democrats have proposed. New polling TCF has done with Morning Consult shows that, across the country, child care investments have strong bipartisan support: Overall, 62 percent of Americans believe that addressing the child care cliff should be a top priority for federal policymakers. A majority of Democrats (76 percent), Independents (56 percent), and Republicans (51 percent) all believe addressing the child care cliff should be a top priority for Congress and the White House. Those majorities hold up across racial lines as well: 75 percent of Hispanic voters and 78 percent of Black voters think child care should be a top priority as well.
Some more notable breakdowns of the polling results:
- 68 percent of urban voters, 63 percent of suburban voters, and 56 percent of rural voters said that addressing the child care cliff should be a top priority for Congress.
- More than half of military families (56 percent) agree that addressing the child care cliff should be a top federal priority.
- In every region of the country—north, south, east, west—over 60 percent of voters believe child care should be a top priority for Congress.
- Millennials in the “sandwich generation”—caring for children while they also care for their elderly parents—are the cohort with the strongest support for making child care a top priority in Congress (74 percent) followed closely by Gen Z (71 percent).