As a parent of a small child that requires childcare, I completely agree with the sentiment that childcare infrastructure is as important to society as travel infrastructure. It allows both my wife and I to work and contribute to society. The actual cost of childcare is about 1/3 of our income--and we feel fortunate that it isn't higher. I have many friends who also have small children who have had to leave the workforce because their salary was either equal to, or less than childcare costs so it didn't make sense for them to work. This is a loss of potential and a loss of an asset to the workforce as a whole.