Moreover, the state watchdog agency found that Virginia lacks sufficient child care slots, especially for infants and toddlers. As outlined in the report, the Commonwealth needs at least 140,000 more slots - including at least 33,000 infant and toddler slots - to meet current parent demand.
Using temporary federal COVID relief dollars, Virginia has made significant progress in expanding child care access and choice as well as improving the quality of child care services; however, JLARC estimates that at least 25,000 fewer children will have access to subsidized child care when the federal funds end in the coming year. The agency states that Virginia will need to allocate $319 million in additional general funds in 2024 to maintain current child care services for Virginia families.
JLARC conducts program evaluation, policy analysis, and oversight of state agencies on behalf of the Virginia General Assembly. Find the full report on Virginia's Self-Sufficiency Programs and the Availability and Affordability of Child Care here.
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