How The Build Back Better Act Could Benefit West Virginia

Child Care

  • The average cost of child care in West Virginia was $5,871 per year; families with two young children would spend 22% of their yearly income on child care.
  • West Virginia’s lack of affordable child care options contributed to a 19.8% gender gap in workforce participation between mothers and fathers. 
  • Investing in better child care could create and support an estimated 6,010 new jobs over 10 years in West Virginia. 
  • The Build Back Better Act could provide child care access to about 94,170 low-income West Virginia children, and ensure families pay no more than 7% of their income for high-quality child care. 
  • West Virginia married parents could save on average up to $5,750 a year on child care costs; single parents could save up to $5,850 a year.  

Elder Care + Home & Community Based Services (HCBS)

Universal Pre-K

  • Only about 25% of West Virginia 3- and 4-year-olds had access to publicly-funded preschool; preschool in West Virginia cost about $8,600 per year for those who couldn’t access a publicly-funded program. 
  • The Build Back Better Act would allow West Virginia to expand access to free preschool for over 27,753 additional 3- and 4-year-olds, and improve the quality of preschool for those already enrolled. 
  • The Build Back Better Act would raise wages for child care and pre-k workers, leading to an overall increase in wages of $5.4 million to these West Virginia workers. 

Clean Energy

Higher Education 

  • Average cost of a 2-year degree in West Virginia was $4,413 per year, and $8,733 a year for a 4-year degree. 
  • The Build Back Better Act would increase Pell Grant awards by $550 for the 25,206 West Virginia students who relied on them. 

Paid Leave

Child Hunger

Housing

Health Care

Prescription Drugs

Child Tax Credit + Earned Income Tax Credit 

  • The Build Back Better Act would also continue to provide up to $1,500 in tax cuts for 103,000 working West Virginians by extending the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit.