Supporting parents helps build a strong future workforce
More than 86,000 children enter kindergarten each year in New Jersey and too many of them are not “ready” to learn. Parents need child care in order to work, children need access to high-quality child care to help them learn and develop. Decades of research shows that the brain is developing the fastest during the early years (birth to five), which sets a foundation for all future learning including school readiness!
Business leaders can contribute to transforming this reality – whether through community involvement or using their voice to advocate in Trenton and statewide.
Percent of NJ mothers with children under age 6 who are working
Percent of NJ children under age 6 with all parents working
The number of NJ children under age 6 with all parents working
Average annual household expenditures on child care for NJ households with children under age 5
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Table 2301, Table B23008, 2021 American Community Survey, 1 Year Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Household Pulse Survey, November 2-14, 2022, Table 2. Paying for Childcare and Cost in the Last 7 Days, by Select Characteristics (annualized)