Unlock the economic power of national child care

November 16, 2023

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“In April 2021, we argued on these pages that the lack of national child care policy amounted to a national emergency. We pointed out that all 50 states fail the definition of child care affordability established in 2016 by the Department of Health and Human Services. We reported that surveys have repeatedly identified child care costs as the top reason Americans are having fewer children, driving birth rates to a record low and threatening the nation’s demographic and economic future. We wrote that child care duties fall disproportionately on mothers and that the COVID pandemic had pushed women’s workforce participation to a 33-year low, leading to a severe ‘shecession.'”

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