We need more child care

Unfortunately for families in Fairbanks and thousands more across our state, we live in what’s known as a “child care desert.” These are communities that have more than three children for every licensed child care slot. It’s a big problem here in Alaska and across the country, but thankfully Sen. Dan Sullivan recently announced that he is sponsoring legislation to increase access to child care.

Currently, there are approximately 30,000 licensed child care slots in Alaska, but more than 40,000 children are under the age of 6 whose parents work. That means working families face a deficit of nearly 10,000 licensed child care slots across the state. So, 1 out of every 4 children in Alaska is left without access to licensed child care when their parents go to work.

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