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.