New Hampshire is the number one state for child well-being, but the state of childcare tells a different story
June 15, 2023
It’s easy to relish New Hampshire’s recent ranking as the number one state for child well-being, but advocates warn this is no time to get too comfortable.
The Granite State, like most of the country, is still struggling to figure out both affordable and accessible childcare options.
Warner, for example, was a desert for parents seeking childcare until just recently. Most were forced to drive to Concord, New London and other nearby facilities or leave the workforce to stay home and watch the kids.
“In one word: miserable,” said Shelby Kinshaw about the childcare situation in Warner. Kinshaw is the mother of an only child.
Accessing child care in parts of New Hampshire can be reminiscent of the college application process — expensive, stressful and sometimes unlucky. Only in this version of the process, applicants are often in utero.