By Barbara R. Bergmann, Suzanne Wiggans Helburn

The revolution in women’s lives has created an unparalleled call for for non-parental baby care, and sparked a transforming into baby care run via either private and non-private services. during this ebook, esteemed economists learn the motives and strength therapies of the kid care difficulties that face this kingdom this day. Writing for policymakers, mom and dad, and prone alike, Suzanne W. Helburn and Barbara R. Bergmann give you the first in-depth examine the kid care undefined, deciding on the most important difficulties reminiscent of caliber of care and the excessive fee of even mediocre care. additionally, the authors establish resources for change–including more desirable regulatory systems on companies and providers of care–and extra govt subsidies. America’s baby Care challenge examines the perspectives of key gamers in all elements of the kid care undefined: CEOs, politicians, coverage advocates, starting place administrators, baby care prone, and fogeys; and gives particular suggestion and instructions for fogeys to take advantage of whilst identifying 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 way of nannies, family, and family-run facilities; and probability indications that point out a low caliber of kid care.

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Illustrative payments by parents and government under a plan FAMILY COMPOSITION SINGLEMOTHER WITH ONE CHILD SINGLE MOTHER WITH TWO CHILDREN 1 1 AND 4 CHILDREN’S AGES COST OF CARE $6,651 $11,870 POVERTY LINE $11,889 $13,898 FAMILY INCOME GOV PAYS PARENT PAYS GOV PAYS PARENT PAYS $10,000 $6,651 $0 $11,870 $0 15,000 6,029 622 11,650 220 20,000 5,029 1,622 10,650 1,220 30,000 3,029 3,622 8,650 3,220 40,000 1,029 5,622 6,650 5,220 50,000 0 6,651 4,650 7,220 60,000 0 6,651 2,650 9,220 70,000 0 6,651 650 11,220 80,000 0 6,651 0 11,870 with low-to-middling incomes.

With some facilities possibly open later. The program would be administered within the public school system and, where possible, located in public schools. He proposes before- and after-school and vacation care for school-aged children to the age of 12, with summer programs as well. In Zigler’s plan, schools would not care for children under three, who would presumably be served by the present types of providers. ” In addition to formal schooling and child care, such a school would provide many other services that families with children need, such as home visitation programs, health referrals, and nutrition education.

A funding standard requiring licensing would cause many family child care providers who are now unlicensed to apply for a license. Some nannies and relatives might also apply. This would probably be felt, especially by the latter, to be quite burdensome and might detract from the program’s popularity and WHAT SHOULD A NEW CHILD CARE SYSTEM LOOK LIKE? 37 political viability. One compromise would be to make obtaining a license easy for those caring for no more than one or two children, requiring them only to undergo background checks for criminality and child abuse and to attend training sessions lasting a day or two.

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