There are plenty of reasons to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump this upcoming election. But for parents, given the depressing state of child care in America, the only walls you care about are the ones of an affordable, accessible, quality daycare center. That’s why Care.com release this report that unpacks exactly what Clinton’s and Trump’s child care and family leave plans mean for you … and for families in all 5 key swing states.
More specifically, Care.com compared what each campaign has published on their websites regarding paid leave and child care to extensive data from the Care Index, the Census Bureau, AARP, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. That allowed them to estimate what such proposals mean for 2-parent households at 3 different income levels: The federal poverty level, median household income, and the top one percent.
If implemented, Clinton’s proposal would cap the cost of child care at 10 percent of a family’s household income, whereas Trump’s plan would let parents exclude the state’s average cost of childcare from income tax until children reach age 13. Nationally speaking, Clinton’s plan gives families more in-home and in-center savings, while Trump’s offers more incentives to stay-at-home parents (don’t knock it ’til you try it). While both candidates family leave plans would allow about 2 million additional mothers to take paid maternity leave, Trump’s proposal forgets about dads completely.
In the swing states of Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, and Pennsylvania, if parents make childcare their key issue, Trump’s in trouble: Poor and median-income voters with kids at in-center childcare stand to save anywhere from $1,000 to nearly $7,000 annually with Clinton’s plan.
Of course, just like there’s no guarantee that your kid’s class president will actually replace homework with pizza, there’s no guarantee the winning candidate will actually implement any of this. Still, for the first time perhaps ever, family-specific policies could make or break the election, as long as you don’t let childcare keep you from voting. Come to think of it, which candidate promises babysitters on Election Day?