Early Childhood and Daycare
New Hampshire provides some public funding for daycare, preschool, and pre-kindergarten in New Hampshire, though much of this is restricted to lower-income or special needs children. The state also licenses and regulates child care centers, though there is an exception for very small operations. New Hampshire is currently in the midst of a child care shortage, and families seeking child care are often confronted with long waitlists and staffing shortages. Each year, legislators consider bills related to the funding and regulation of New Hampshire schools and daycare centers for young children.