Unlike free public education for PreK-4 through 12th grade, child care in the United States is primarily considered to be a workforce support for families rather than education for young children. Paying for child care is seen as solely the responsibility of parents.
*About 90% of funding for child care in the United States comes directly from parents.
*Very little federal or state aid goes directly to child care programs.
*Most public money available for child care is given to parents through state child care subsidies.
*Programs can benefits from indirect public funding through tax relief.
*Parents can benefit from federal and state tax programs including the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit, and Dependent Care Assistance Programs.
*Some parents receive help with child care costs from their employers.