A recent article by Michelle Noth McCready in Exchange magazine makes the case that "quality, affordable infant and toddler care is especially out of reach for families in poverty and families of color..."
"So what's the solution?" McCready asks? Here are a few of her suggestions:
"Increase significant federal investments in child care assistance for eligible children….
Provide resources for planning and developing child care capacity. More highly skilled and highly trained early educators in the communities that need them most will open up opportunities for access that was not there previously...
Reduce barriers within the subsidy administration process. Since affordability is one of the biggest hurdles to high-quality child care, removing these barriers and allowing more families to access these funds would go a long way for families in need."
Source: "Infant Care: America’s Largest Child Care Desert" by Michelle Noth McCready, Exchange magazine, November/December, 2017
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