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 remarkable call for for non-parental baby care, and sparked a starting to be baby care run by means of either private and non-private prone. during this booklet, esteemed economists study the factors and strength therapies of the kid care difficulties that face this state this day. Writing for policymakers, mom and dad, and companies alike, Suzanne W. Helburn and Barbara R. Bergmann give you the first in-depth examine the kid care undefined, determining an important difficulties comparable to caliber of care and the excessive expense of even mediocre care. in addition, the authors determine assets for change–including superior regulatory techniques on companies and providers of care–and extra executive 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, starting place administrators, baby care services, and fogeys; and gives particular recommendation and guidance for folks to take advantage of whilst settling on care. The publication is helping mom and dad comprehend the hidden charges of kid care; the professionals and cons of kid care facilities as opposed to care via nannies, relations, and family-run facilities; and threat indications that point out a low caliber of kid care.

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9 Employers are not going to provide us with a solution to the resource problem faced by parents with children needing care. 11 She said that it makes sense for a company to use child care benefits to cater to the needs of high-skill workers, who are difficult to replace, so as to reduce the chance they will leave. But many of Marriott’s workers are of low skill and are easily replaced. It is not cost effective for the company to make major expenditures on child care subsidies for such employees in the hope of reducing turnover.

More children would be cared for in centers, where such practices are relatively rare. And those of the solo providers who were motivated to get a license and come under regulatory scrutiny might be the most professionally oriented and the least likely to engage in such practices. As welfare reform has progressed, officials in some states have encouraged single mothers who are receiving public help with child care fees to use unlicensed care as a way of keeping state costs low. Many of the children of these mothers are in particular need of care that helps them to develop, and the kind of care to which they are being relegated is less likely to provide that than is care in a licensed setting.

The question at issue is whether we as a nation want to insure that such children and their parents do not have a lower-thanpoverty-line standard of life. AFFORDABILITY FOR BETTER PAID PEOPL E We now consider the situation of families with more than minimum-wage earnings and ask about the cogency of increased government help with child care 28 AMERICA’S CHILD CARE PROBLEM costs for them. 1. This family’s wage income is almost three times that of the single mother in our previous example. Are child care costs a strain for this family?

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