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Sunday, June 26, 2022

The childcare crisis needs a lot more attention than it gets

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The past week has been full of news, including January 6th. hearings and a bilateral agreement on gun violence bill. The Supreme Court made an important decision on church and stateand soon—perhaps even this week—important ordinances on guns and abortion will be passed.

HuffPost has been in all of these stories if you need to catch up. I would especially recommend last week’s series on imagination post-row america ― including Alanna Vagianos on how conservatives are trying to stop access to abortion pillsTravis Waldron on links between anti-abortion movements and anti-democracyand Natalie Baptiste the disproportionate impact of the abortion ban on black women.

But in today’s newsletter, I’d like to write about something else that really needs to get more coverage: the crisis in America’s childcare system that is causing tangible, serious difficulties for millions of parents and their children.

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I am familiar with childcare because I have covered the issue for ten years, plus I have been a working parent of young children. But the story I saw on Tuesday grabbed my attention in a way that few people have of late.

It featured a chain cafe scene, an excerpt from Jane Addams’ memoir, and an American World War II episode.

A new problem that is actually quite old

History was in Middle post on John Duong, who leads the venture capital arm of the Higher Education Fund. While working at a nearby cafe, he noticed a girl sleeping in a booth. She was 2, maybe 3, Duong wrote. He figured her mom or dad was in the toilet. Later, he realized that her father worked there and brought her to work, babysitting her from time to time – presumably because he did not have or did not have the means to care for the child.

I say “presumably” because Duong didn’t know the backstory, so there’s no way to be sure. But this scene immediately made me think of two periods in US history when this sort of thing was commonplace.

One was in the early 20th century, when families in large cities left their children alone to work in factories, often at home and unsupervised—in other words, they didn’t even have parents checking on them regularly like a father in a family. there was a cafe.

Jane Addams writes in her memoirs:Twenty years at Hull House“, told what happened to the three children she met in Chicago: “One fell out of a third floor window, another was burned, and the third had a twisted spine due to the fact that for three years he was tied by everyone all day to the leg kitchen table, vacated only at noon by the elder brother, who hurriedly ran from a neighboring factory to share his lunch with him.

Another historical antecedent was during World War II, when women worked in factories and men fought overseas. “Stories of children locked in cars attached to factories, chained to makeshift trailers, and left in movie theaters quickly filled the papers and eventually became the subject of congressional hearings.” Chris Herbstprofessor of public relations at Arizona State University, explained in 2017 article about Lanham’s Lawwhich created a network of state children’s centers.

Lanham’s program could become the basis of a permanent national system if only the federal government supported it. But it’s not. The next, and indeed the only, serious attempt to develop a national plan came in 1971, when Congress passed a bipartisan bill that was vetoed by President Richard Nixon after opposition from conservatives.

This put American parents in a difficult position, unlike their counterparts in analogue countries are not. But politicians hardly noticed – until relatively recently.

The political window that looked wide open

Childcare was a major focus during the 2016 presidential campaign (from Hillary Clinton) and again in 2020 (from all leading Democratic presidential candidates). It was also at the center of a broad offering that Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Maryland) developed and then promoted with the help of external advocacy groups.

Then pandemic hit. At first, working parents couldn’t find childcare because providers were forced to close. Later, when child care facilities began to open again, they could not hire enough workers. The root of the problem is that Childcare wages are notoriously lowmaking jobs less attractive; at the same time, providers don’t have the money for pay increases because they are already charging as much, if not more, than many parents can afford.

It seemed to me that precisely such political conditions would be required in order to pass important legislation — and for most of 2021 it looked like it would. President Joe Biden has made child care (and care in general) the focus of his “Build Back Better” program. Democratic leaders turned on the version Murray-Scott proposal in legislation.

We all know what happened to this bill: it was defeated in December when Senator Joe Manchin (World Nation News.Va.) said it was too big. depriving the Democrats of the 50th vote they needed. Democrats are quietly (and not so quietly lately) working to keep some of this legislation, but so far there hasn’t been much public talk about including child care in the bill.

Barriers to Change Then and Now

It’s hard to separate the failure of the original child care offering from the failure of the original Build Back Better program, which, depending on your point of view, is a mistake. Manchin, Democratic leaders, wider political restrictions including the unanimous Republican opposition, or some combination of these factors.

But two other factors were obviously just as important.

One is that the implementation of any appreciable expansion of the welfare state in the United States extremely difficultboth because the structural structure of the legislative process in the United States holds it back, and because public confidence in government is on the verge of all-time lows.

Secondly, childcare is still viewed by many as a “women’s issue”, which is true in a sense, because women usually shoulder responsibility for child care disproportionately — and men still wield disproportionate power in Washington.

It seems to be changing, slowly as women gain more influence. It is no coincidence that this latest effort was made at a time when the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Chair of the relevant Senate Committee, and the Vice President were all women—and that the president turned out to be a man who, unusually for men of his generation, has extensive experience in caring for his children.

Some sort of childcare legislation could still be enacted. Murray recently partnered with Senator Tim Kaine (Virginia) on more modest initiative it could fit into whatever legislation Biden and Democratic leaders pass this year, or maybe even form the basis of a future bipartisan bill. BUT new study This week, Herbst and a group of colleagues showed that this could significantly reduce childcare costs for most families.

But nothing will happen if childcare remains a second or third level issue. This will attract more attention from politicians and eventually more public attention. Maybe stories like the one about the little girl in the coffee shop will help.

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