Almost all New Jerseyans, 91%, think access to affordable, high-quality childcare is important, according to a Farleigh Dickinson University poll released Thursday.
Women, 79%, were more likely than men, 66%, to say it was very important.
The poll was commissioned by The Nicholson Foundation, a non-profit aimed at improving outcomes for vulnerable children.
“This poll, conducted in late June as the state reopened child care, indicates that the overwhelming majority of New Jersey residents, across all segments of society, support accessible, high-quality infant and toddler child care,” said Kimberly Boller, the Nicholson Foundation’s chief strategy and evaluation officer. “High-quality care for infants and toddlers is essential for the learning and development of children, ability of parents to work outside of the home, and for the future of New Jersey.”
Most New Jerseyans, 57%, rated childcare as one of the three most important issues facing the state. Those with infants or toddlers, 72%, were more likely to say the issue was of great import than those without, 55%.