Child Care Aware of Washington joins our national children and family advocacy colleagues in opposing the current federal administration’s plan to take funding from previously approved and funded military child care projects to help pay for a wall along our southern border. Military families at all of our bases deserve safe, clean and enriching early learning environments for their young children when their parents are working and/or deployed.
While there are no plans at this time to cut child care programs at bases in Washington, Child Care Aware of Washington believes all military families at all of our bases deserve high-quality child care programs for their young children. When military families cannot find safe, high-quality care, they must either choose more expensive licensed care off-base, resort to potentially unsafe unlicensed child care, or even forgo the income of one working parent altogether by deciding that one parent should exit the workforce. Military families invest their lives in keeping our country safe, and our country should ensure that their children are safe and thriving in high-quality child care programs.