Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Affordable Care for Children and Youth

Child care continues to be one of the largest family expenditures for any household budget. Many families working minimum and low wage jobs could not afford the child care necessary to work without receiving a subsidy. In the past few years, subsidy funding for child care in Sacramento County has decreased across programs,making returning to work or attending school or job training even more difficult for low-income families.

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Why is this important?

  • According to the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) 2009, 38.7% of children in Sacramento County lived in low-income families (making less than 200% of poverty).
  • The average family receiving subsidized child care in Sacramento County is a single mother earning about $2,000 per month with two young children.
  • As a result of decreases to CalWORKS and child care assistance in this year's budget, many of our families no longer qualify for assistance.

How are we doing?

  • 102 families with 189 children lost child care assistance at the end of August 2012.
  • For a single-parent with two children working a minimum wage job, the cost of child care is 95% of the family budget.
  • For the same family with a low-income job ($35,000) the cost of child care for two children consumes nearly half (45%) of the family budget.
  • The same family earning 75% of the Sacramento County median family income ($49,000) the cost of child care is one-third or 32% of the family budget.

Data Source: Child Action, Inc.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 09:56