State Parent Leaders help paint the picture for policymakers and the general public about why strengthening child care policy is important. Today, there are more than 11 million children under the age of 5 in some type of child care arrangement every week while their parents work. On average, children of working parents spend 35 hours every week in child care. Parent leaders are the key voice for the campaign to strengthen the quality of child care. E-mail Michelle.Noth@usa.childcareaware.org to become a parent leader today!