Lack of Available Child Care Impacts NH Economy, Families
June 14, 2023
New Hampshire ranks first in the nation on measures of child well-being, according to a new report.
The 2023 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation gives the Granite State high marks for economic well-being, education and health, but a lack of affordable and accessible child care continues to impact families and ultimately the state's economy.
Rebecca Woitkowski, Kids Count policy director for the nonprofit New Futures, said even if families can afford child care, they may not be able to find it.
"Many of our child care providers are low wage earners and there are simply not enough child care workers to meet the demand in many centers," Woitkowski observed.