Supply-Side Childcare Investments: Policies to Develop an Equitable and Stable Childcare Industry

August 10, 2021


For the last half-century, the United States has relied on the private market to provide childcare. Families and providers have struggled in the resulting chronically underfunded  system. In particular, low-income Black and brown families have borne the brunt of the decision to treat childcare as a private matter.



In Supply-Side Childcare Investments: Policies to Develop an Equitable and Stable Childcare Industry,” authors Suzanne Kahn and Steph Sterling propose policy interventions to guide federal supply-side investments in childcare. Their recommendations include: 

  • Giving communities control and decision-making authority over resources; 
  • Structuring public resources to prevent firms’ abilities to build extractive power; and 
  • Deploying resources in a transparent and visible manner to ensure democratic accountability.

As Congress considers making a massive and essential investment in childcare, it should structure investments to promote long-term stability, mitigate inequality, and prevent the concentration of power among firms.