The U.S. childcare system is in crisis. According to the New York Times, before the pandemic, 90% of dual income families used some form of childcare arrangement. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that nearly 16,000 childcare centers were forced to close permanently during the pandemic. Covid-19 exacerbated an already problematic situation, and disproportionately affected women, who were predominantly the ones who left the workforce to provide home care. Montana continues to struggle to provide access to affordable childcare, reflecting the nationwide trends.