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Three million children set to lose child care with expiration of federal funding

Families across the country are bracing for the end of pandemic-era programs that, for many, are the only things keeping child care affordable.

Federal funding from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan expires this Saturday — the end of fiscal year 2023. 

One key area in which U.S. families could see the most immediate effect is child care.

In approximately 28 states, child care has become functionally more expensive for families than college tuition.

“When the ARPA stabilization funds cease, child care will be starved of resources,” the Century Foundation claims. “The child care staffing shortage that preceded and continued through the pandemic will return with a vengeance, putting upward pressure on prices as child care businesses choose between raising wages to attract early educators—or going out of business.”

Timothy Nerozzi is a writer for Fox News Digital. You can follow him on Twitter @timothynerozzi and can email him at timothy.nerozzi@fox.com

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