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For Mother's Day: Better Child Care That Moms Can Afford

Join our "TwitterStorm" May 5 at 2 p.m. EST #ChildCareNow

Topics: Early Childhood

As the working mom of a toddler, I'm grateful for a lot of things, but high on my list is knowing that my child has safe, educational, and affordable child care. For far too many young moms, however, quality child care is out of reach, leaving kids at risk and parents to worry.

This Mother's Day, join Common Sense Kids Action and others to send a resounding message to Congress and policymakers nationwide: Invest in #ChildCareNow.

The facts are clear: Quality early care is key to kids' long-term development, but child care is unaffordable for most families. In 31 states, one year of infant child care exceeds the annual cost of college at a four-year public university. Making matters worse, child care workers are among the lowest paid workers in any profession in America. That's unfair to them, many of whom are working moms themselves, and it reduces the quality of care that's available.

Research overwhelmingly shows that investing in our youngest children pays off. With 80 percent of brain development occurring before age 3, it is no wonder that every dollar invested in quality early education saves $7 in later expenses.

So this Mother's Day, in addition to sending a message of love to the moms we cherish, do every working mom a favor by telling our lawmakers -- loud and clear, and together -- that all moms need high-quality and affordable child care.

Join us, Thursday, May 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST for a major social media push. Tell lawmakers that investing in child care is good for kids, is good for moms, and saves taxpayers money. Use #ChildCareNow on Twitter, and encourage family and friends to join.

Learn more: Right Start Commission; Child C.A.R.E. blog post

Ariel Fox Johnson
Ariel Fox Johnson is Senior Counsel for Global Policy at Common Sense Media, where she advocates for smart practices, policies, and rules to help all kids thrive in today’s wired world. Her work focuses on enhancing family privacy rights, strengthening students' educational privacy, and promoting robust consumer protections in the online world. She frequently advises policymakers, industry, and tech experts, and has helped develop laws on student privacy, consumer privacy, and the Internet of Things. Ariel is a graduate of Harvard College and Law School. Prior to joining Common Sense, Ariel worked on privacy, media, intellectual property, and technology matters at corporate law firms, and provided pro bono assistance to nonprofits and asylum seekers.