Child care insecurity has received much less attention than food insecurity, but it is similarly complex. And affordability is only one part of the problem.
Starting in July 2021, most US families will get monthly payments from the IRS of either $250 or $300 per child under 18.
The Biden administration wants workers in child care and pre-K programs to earn at least $15 per hour.
An early childhood education expert explains what’s in the proposal and why it’s not really a partisan issue.
The federal government spends about US$2,500 a year on child care and early education per child under 5, about half of the European average.
Polls have consistently found robust support for this benefit, with a growing share of the public approving of paid time off for dads.
If the plan is fully phased in as proposed, workers could get up to $4,000 a month for a total of 12 weeks in paid leave to care for a newborn, another loved one or themselves within 10 years.