At the Fuller Center in Boca Raton, CEO Ellyn Okrent said we are on the brink of crisis in our communities.

“The cost of child care currently exceeds state college tuition,” she said. “Quite honestly, we are struggling here.”

She said parents need access to care.

“If parents can’t find quality child care at an affordable rate, then their alternative is to not be able to go to work,” she said, “and if they can’t go to work, you tell me what happens.”