Alaska’s Child Care Challenges, Solutions & Progress

Studies show that children with access to high-quality early care and education do better in school and are more likely to be employed, be healthy, and earn higher income later in life.

While providing high-quality child care to all of Alaska’s children may seem straightforward, it is actually a complex issue with challenges around accessibility, affordability, and quality. The McDowell Group has taken a closer look at the issue, compiling available regional and statewide data on child care to produce a dashboard that illustrates these challenges.

The good news is that Alaska is ripe with opportunities to increase access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education for families. Investment and innovative solutions are needed in order to realize the economic and societal gains that result from ensuring our youngest children get a solid foundation for life. And there is promising work happening across the state.

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