All families deserve quality, affordable choices for their children’s care. But most Oregon families can’t actually afford the quality care they want for their kids.
Child care for two young children in Oregon costs twice as much as average rent in the state!
We can’t expect families to survive like this. We have a long-term vision to rebuild our child care system, so that all Oregon families can access high-quality, affordable care.
The first step to making that happen is to fix Oregon’s child care assistance program for low-income families (Employment Related Day Care) by passing House Bill 2348. HB 2348 would bring ERDC co-pays down from nearly 34% of some families’ income to only 7%. A lower co-pay will give a little extra breathing room, making it possible to cover the costs of other critical things we all need to deal with sometimes, like unexpected doctor visits.