Child Care Rates and Supply in the Kansas City Metro Area
The Kansas City Metro Early Child Care Dashboard is a tool to inform advocates and decision makers so we can build the child care system our community needs. One that allows working parents and businesses can thrive and enables all children to access the transformative impact of high-quality early care and education.
Currently, the Kansas City Metro is experiencing a child care crisis. There is not nearly enough supply to meet the current demand, further, as pandemic relief funding begins to expire further supply is at risk and rates are likely to rise.
For decades, we’ve known that the first five years of life are the most critical period of human development. Yet, despite overwhelming evidence, as a country and a community, we’re still making meager investments in this transformative work and paying the individuals tasked with it unacceptable wages.