This Is How to Save Child Care, According to 5 Experts
By Lizzy Francis
WE NEED TO ALLOCATE FEDERAL FUNDS FLEXIBLY
WHO: CHRISTINE JOHNSON-SAUB, SENIOR POLICY ANALYST, CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL POLICY
The federal government needs to put a lot more money into child care for the immediate emergency, and in the long term. The number we’re circling around is $50 billion. That would go a long way towards helping providers, and in turn, families get through this crisis. But then there’s the challenge of, once you have that money, how do you make sure it’s being used to meet the needs that parents actually have? In terms of the types of care they need, the location where they need it, the hours that they need it? That all children have access to high quality, that parents have choices? If they want to use a relative caregiver, can they use funds to do that?
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