Tell Legislators: Child Care Matters! Child care matters because child care works! High-quality child care programs positively impact the cognitive, social, and physical development of infants, toddlers, and young children throughout their first five years of life. Access to child care programs also allows families to achieve better employment opportunities, participate in training or education, earn higher incomes, and grow more financially independent. It’s time to ask legislators to support the Governor’s proposed $27 million funding increase for child care. This investment can improve the quality of life for families across the state of Pennsylvania and secure brighter futures for our children across the state.