July 13, 2023

Incentivizing Employer-Supported Child Care in Massachusetts

As states across the country, including Massachusetts, are facing workforce shortages, employers are struggling to hire the talent they need to succeed and remain competitive in the marketplace. While there are many reasons behind the shortages, a lack of affordable and accessible child care is a well-documented contributor. Parents are finding it increasingly difficult to remain in or re-enter the workforce as child care costs reach new highs and supply continues to lag behind demand. These child care challenges overwhelmingly impact mothers. In 2022, the labor force participation rate for mothers was 72.9%; for fathers it was 92.9%. Supporting families, and especially mothers, by better meeting their child care needs is one way to help maximize Massachusetts’ workforce population and ensure that the state continues to be a place where people want to live and work. As Beacon Hill looks to reform the child care system, providing tools for employers and employees to reduce child care costs and expand access is critical.