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ERIC Number: ED565360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-May-7
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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The Importance of Preschool and Child Care for Working Mothers
Glynn, Sarah Jane; Farrell, Jane; Wu, Nancy
Center for American Progress
In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama made a historic pledge to provide universal, high-quality pre-K education to the nation's children. Early childhood education has myriad benefits, including better, more equitable long-term outcomes for children of divergent economic backgrounds Moreover, investments in these programs help cultivate a future workforce, secure long-term economic competitiveness, and develop the nation's future leaders. Universal high-quality pre-K and child care would also throw a much-needed raft to families across America that are struggling to stay afloat while footing costly child care bills, missing work to provide care, or sending their children--the nation's future innovators and workforce--to low-quality care centers. In response to this urgent problem, President Obama has proposed to allocate $1.4 billion in 2014 to expand public child care services, $15 billion over the next decade to expand state home-visitation programs to America's most vulnerable families, and $75 billion over the next decade to invest in expanding access to quality preschool. This funding would help millions of parents, especially mothers, across America better balance their work and caregiving responsibilities without putting their children's well-being or their own jobs at risk. This report discusses three options parents have for securing child care: (1) stay at home and care for their children themselves; (2) pay for child care out of pocket; or (3) use federal- or state-funded child care. However, there are drawbacks, risks, and shortcomings that accompany each of these options. These limited choices negatively impact families and working mothers and make clear the need for increase investment in high-quality pre-K and child care.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress