Good morning,

After a wild election day week, it's time to begin understanding what a Biden Presidency means for the child care industry.

In his election campaign, Biden made bold promises, including making high-quality child care affordable and making preschool universal, bonus payments to providers who operate during nontraditional hours, and a whole lot more.

But what is realistic, and what is actually going to happen?

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The Biden Child Care Plan - What's coming?

Biden had an extensive child care plan during his campaign, but little has made it to the Biden-Harris Transition site, so far. 

In Biden's campaign plan
  • As a first step, Biden will immediately provide states, tribal, and local governments with the fiscal relief they need to keep workers employed and keep vital public services running, including direct care and child care services.
  • Ensure access to high-quality, affordable child care and offer universal preschool to three-and four-year olds through greater investment, expanded tax credits, and sliding-scale subsidies. 
  • Build safe, energy-efficient, developmentally appropriate child care facilities, including in workplaces, so that parents and guardians never again have to search in vain for a suitable child care option. 
  • Treat caregivers and early childhood educators with respect and dignity, and give them the pay and benefits they deserve, training and career ladders to higher-paying jobs, the choice to join a union and bargain collectively, and other fundamental work-related rights and protections.
The Biden team projected the plan would "cost $775 billion over 10 years and will be paid for by rolling back unproductive and unequal tax breaks for real estate investors with incomes over $400,000 and taking steps to increase tax compliance for high-income earners."

On the Biden/Harris Transition Site today:

"President-elect Biden will make it far easier to afford child care and to ensure aging relatives and people with disabilities have better access to home and community-based care; to elevate the pay, benefits, and professional opportunities for caregivers and educators; to create millions of good-paying new jobs in these areas with a choice to join a union; and to free up millions of people to join the labor force and grow a stronger economy in return."

Our big questions:
  1. Which of these plans will be prioritized? Which will find traction and move fastest?
  2. If Republicans maintain control of the Senate, how many of these plans can be negotiated? All eyes will be on the Georgia run-offs in January 👀.
  3. Without the rollback of tax breaks, how will America afford the plan? Even with a stimulus package and strong recovery, three-quarters of a trillion dollars isn't going to be easy to find.
  4. How can community-based child cares help by expanding their high quality care as part of this system, without enormous administrative overhead?
    1. Leverages pre-existing infrastructure of independent providers, which spreads far into suburban and rural areas, alleviating transportation issues and child care deserts.
    2. Parents get the full-day, full-year care they need, which historically only community-based child cares have provided. 
    3. Parents have the right to choose where to send their children: the highest-quality, best-fitting program for their children.
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