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PBS NewsHour Series Explores the Country’s Broken Child Care System

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From the Child Poverty Task Force

The PBS Newshour is running a five-day series on the child care crisis in the US, titled, “Raising the Future: America’s Child Care Dilemma.” The programs are aired on channels 28 and 31 starting at 6 PM each evening. The first episode covered the following points

  • Low wages increase the likelihood that both parents must work.
  • 70% of children under 6 live in an environment where child care does not exist.
  • The most important time in a child’s life is 0-6 years old.
  • A child’s brain makes one mission connections per second.
  • COVID reduced the availability of child care by 20% nationally (30% in Wisconsin).
  • The US had a working child care program during WW2.
  • The Comprehensive Child Development Act (CCDA) of 1971was passed by both houses of congress but vetoed by President Nixon.

There is another point I would like to make: In 2018, the US spent 9.1% of GDP on the elderly and 1.8% of GDP on children. Also in 2018, the official poverty rate (OPR) for those over 65 years was 9.7% and children under 18 years was 16.2%. The United Way ALICE rates were about double the OPR.

Click here to learn more about “Raising the Future: America’s Child Care Dilemma.”