America's Child Care Problem: The Way Out by Barbara R. Bergmann, Suzanne Wiggans Helburn

By Barbara R. Bergmann, Suzanne Wiggans Helburn

The revolution in women’s lives has created an extraordinary call for for non-parental baby care, and sparked a becoming baby care run by way of either private and non-private companies. during this e-book, esteemed economists learn the explanations and capability treatments of the kid care difficulties that face this nation this day. Writing for policymakers, mom and dad, and services alike, Suzanne W. Helburn and Barbara R. Bergmann give you the first in-depth examine the kid care undefined, deciding upon the most important difficulties resembling caliber of care and the excessive price of even mediocre care. in addition, the authors determine resources for change–including improved regulatory approaches on services and providers of care–and extra govt subsidies. America’s baby Care challenge examines the perspectives of key avid gamers in all points of the kid care undefined: CEOs, politicians, coverage advocates, beginning administrators, baby care prone, and oldsters; and gives particular suggestion and guidance for folks to take advantage of while deciding on care. The e-book is helping mom and dad comprehend the hidden charges of kid care; the professionals and cons of kid care facilities as opposed to care by means of nannies, kin, and family-run facilities; and risk signs that point out a low caliber of kid care.

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Following me was a Catholic priest who ran a home for unwed mothers. In his testimony he urged the committee to cancel all their programs and leave social assistance to the churches and the private sector. I chatted with him briefly afterwards, partly because I had never talked with anyone who truly believed there was no role for government in assisting the poor. . ” —Professor Rebecca Blank1 34 AMERICA’S CHILD CARE PROBLEM We now turn to the question of where the resources to finance a program of affordable care of improved quality might best come from, in what form they should be delivered, and what kind of child care providers should be eligible to receive them.

16 Under the auspices of the national Ministry of Education, the French have set up a publicly run and funded nursery school system—the écoles maternelles—that enrolls almost all preschool children two-and-a-half years old through five, including those whose mothers do not hold jobs. The parents pay no fees, regardless of their income. The buildings and classrooms are pleasant and well maintained, and the quality of the care and instruction appears to be good. Children may be enrolled as soon as they are toilet-trained and attend until WHAT SHOULD A NEW CHILD CARE SYSTEM LOOK LIKE?

Accordingly, we believe it is best to require that all caregivers eligible to receive government funding be licensed. ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF FINANCE The child care policy we have outlined would involve a considerable increase in the help that parents get in paying for child care, on the order of tens of billions of dollars annually. Is federal government spending the only way such a program could be financed? Are there other sources of financing that might make major contributions? The attacks by conservatives on “big government” and on policies of “tax and spend” that have gone on since the 1970s have been very successful in conveying the idea to the public that new high-cost federal programs should never be considered and that some of the ones we already have (particularly Social Security and public schools, although not defense) are ripe for dismantlement.

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