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Affordable childcare is at once one of the most tantalizing promises of contemporary American life, and the most broken. Our modern economy cannot function without a system for the nurturing of our youngest citizens—as of 2017 there were nearly 15 million children under 6 in this country with all available parents in the workforce. But for everyone except the very wealthy, childcare is ruinously expensive.
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Unlike most rich European countries, America lacks a coherent public child-care regime. But it has come surprisingly close to having one. During the second world war Congress set up federal child-care centres to encourage women to work in factories; these were later dismantled.
Centers are closed, pay is low, and young kids aren’t vaccinated. Some caregivers have had enough.
Early education in the US is endlessly convoluted, and a massive expense for lower- and middle-class families. What if the solution were as straightforward as making child care a “good” job?
Europe provides an example: Many countries there provide universal early childhood programs, free or subsidized. In many nations, more than 90 percent of children are in preschool at age 3; in France and Britain, it’s nearly 100 percent, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Otter, a new child care platform, is attracting millions of dollars in venture capital. But can it fix a broken industry?
Parents of the world, unite!
OK, so Dana Suskind's call to arms doesn't have quite that revolutionary zeal. But it comes close. In her new book, Parent Nation, Suskind says millions of kids in America are getting left behind during their first three years of life — years that a heap of scientific evidence says are crucial to their brain development.
For families struggling with so much out of their control, Warner suggests, it’s time for a major intervention—both societal and governmental—to ensure that all women are able to work in a way that lets them be independent and ensure the security of their families.
We asked parents all around the country to record how one weekday unfolded for them, hour by hour.
Quality matters quite a lot—especially for boys.
High-quality child care is a win-win, helping to raise earnings now and increase productivity over the long term while enriching the lives of children.
We know it isn’t cheap or easy to keep your programs running. But we appreciate everything you do, every single day. We know you care. We really, really do.
So here are 6 things I wish I could have said as a daycare teacher...
The term day care prioritizes the “day” over the “care” — and days don’t need any care. They just roll along on their own. We know children do not roll along successfully on their own. We know the good outcomes that can occur when they receive good care.
As many American parents know, hiring care for young children during the workday is punishingly expensive, costing the typical family about a third of its income.
Helping parents pay for that care would be expensive for society, too. Yet recent studies show that of any policy aimed to help struggling families, aid for high-quality care has the biggest economic payoff for parents and their children — and even their grandchildren.
This site is designed to help new and experienced child care providers. It helps answer the question “How do I start a daycare?” It also guides new caregivers through the first year of growing pains, and supports the experienced caregiver with fresh ideas and inspiration.
While a child’s gender may affect how they respond to a program, many behavioral issues could be the result what happens at home. It remains critical that parents play an active and positive role in their child’s life, regardless of whether they have access to universal care—or whether they have a son or a daughter.
Child-care centers can be expensive and complex to run. But companies say they pay off in employee morale and retention.
The average cost of enrolling a child age 4 or younger full-time at a child care center in America is $9,589 a year, which is higher than the average cost of in-state college tuition.
An investigation into the barely regulated, unsafe business of looking after our children.
The culture of motherhood, post-recession, had altered considerably, too. The women of the opt-out revolution left the work force at a time when the prevailing ideas about motherhood idealized full-time, round-the-clock, child-centered devotion.
Although care is expensive for parents—often obscenely so—providers are paid a pittance. And now there isn’t even enough expensive child care to go around.
Making it more affordable would help some mothers into paid work.
Even before the pandemic, half of U.S. families were living in child care deserts, and too many families were spending far too much of their income on child care. If we don’t want to reverse course and go back to the ways things were, we need our government to treat child care as a public good that is vital to the wellbeing of our society and our economy. We need child care that is affordable and accessible for everyone.
They're really trying to weigh the balance between safety of themselves, of the children, of the people who come to work with them against their own financial needs.
Child care in the United States is frustrating for everyone involved: Families pay way too much for daycare, or are priced out of child care programs altogether and care providers earn far too little. The pandemic has made a child care overhaul both more challenging and more necessary.
People get very upset when they feel that science disagrees with their personal choices, whether that’s on climate change, vaccination, GMOs or childcare. You probably have strong views on childcare. If so, please stop reading. You’re not going to get anything out of this, and I hate making people unhappy.
While there are torrents of reliable information on the price of education, healthcare and other essential costs of raising a child, the expected bill for childcare is much hazier.
Even before COVID-19 shut down many providers, finding good, affordable childcare has been a longstanding problem for many families. Legal historian Deborah Dinner writes that back in the 1960s, feminists tried to address this issue. They saw childcare not as a market commodity or need-based social program but as a right.
Even as they weigh the risks of reopening, the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to put many child care centers out of business.
Child care has always been a fraught topic of conversation, especially within the context of big business. Not everyone has access to basic information, satisfactory care and a network of doctors who can guide them through their first years of child rearing. But two women in Los Angeles have taken matters into their own hands to change that.
The pandemic has created an unparalleled need and opportunity for reimagining how Americans access and receive child care. Demand for quality solutions is rising, and innovations are meeting the diverse needs of families seeking child care. It is now time for the next piece of the child care puzzle: greater public funding to make access to innovations and quality solutions more equitable.
Forget whether “opting-out” is good or bad for parents. How does it impact kids?
Early-childhood education and care is attracting a surge of interest in most rich countries. Increasingly, it is moving out of the home and into institutions, a process experts inelegantly call “defamilisation”. Across the oecd, average enrolment of three- to five-year-olds rose from 75% in 2005 to 85% in 2016.
One reason, as already noted, is to make it easier for women to go out to work,
We must bail out the industry that allows millions of parents to work.
This essay argues that international law binds the United States to adopt comprehensive policy providing accessible and affordable child care as a right of women. Women disproportionately assume the responsibility of unpaid and undervalued child care and therefore are impeded from full participation in public life.
America’s lack of family support rests on a false assumption: that providing help discourages parents from taking responsibility for their children.
Many parents get caught in such a loop, but that doesn’t mean the solution is to just stay home with the kids.
Three broad reasons obtaining care for kids now costs as much as buying a brand new Hyundai Elantra each year
Why the US doesn’t have universal child care (anymore)
Affordable childcare is at once one of the most tantalizing promises of contemporary American life, and the most broken. Our modern economy cannot function without a system for the nurturing of our youngest citizens—as of 2017 there were nearly 15 million children under 6 in this country with all available parents in the workforce.
There are certain areas of expertise that came naturally to us over the years: cars, space, aviation, and computers, to name a few. During the first half of the past century, we even provided practical features for scientifically-minded housewives. But children and babies? Not so much.
I retired from daycare almost a year ago and think about those years often when I meet new moms who are putting their child in daycare for the first time. I always like to offer advice from the perspective of the daycare provider and share things with them that I wish had been shared with my parents when they first started in my daycare.
So here is a list of the things your daycare provider wishes they could tell you...
There are many weaknesses to child care in the US. Until children are school-aged, many parents are left to scramble for a way to work without neglecting their children. And many of those families end up paying high prices...often without getting high quality in return.
I frequently see articles that offer “truths about home daycare” (and childcare in general) pop up across social media. The thing I notice most about all these articles is that they almost always offer a completely negative view on childcare and daycare providers. They tell parents that their child is not safe, is not eating healthy, is watching TV all day, and many other negative things.
“We know from the research that a good daycare is very positive for your baby’s growing independence, learning and socialization,” Wittenberg says. But to make that leap, we’ve rounded up a few tips to smooth the transition to daycare for both parent and child.
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