What Child Care Doomerism Misses

Source: The Dispatch
by Patrick T Brown

“No one denies there are countless ways America could become more family-friendly, including by meaningfully expanding parents’ child care options when their kids are little. The way we work, live, and balance our multiple responsibilities could benefit from a stronger focus on creating systems that work for parents, rather than treating the decision to have a child as something orthogonal to a healthy economy. … Nevertheless, the dominant mainstream narrative of parents made miserable by the country’s lack of investment in a federal child care program doesn’t fit the data. We all know bad news sells; ‘things could be better, but overall are doing pretty well’ rarely drives clicks or garners large grants. But trying to galvanize policy change by hyping the friction and pain points that parents face as apocalyptic threats does parents a disservice.” (06/06/24)