How childcare deserts impact working families
On this edition of Your Call, we discuss childcare deserts. Working parents in the US often have a hard time finding childcare. What does that mean for careers and children's development?
According to the Center for American Progress, parents of infants and toddlers pay an average of $18,000 a year for childcare. The cost alone can be daunting, but what if you can’t find a provider at all? In some ZIP codes, children younger than five outnumber daycare spots three to one. How pervasive are childcare deserts and what are policy solutions?
Malia Ramler, senior administrator at First 5 Alameda County
Frankie Izzo, family advocate with the Oakland Head Start program, former elementary school teacher
Clarissa Doutherd, executive director of Parent Voices Oakland
Center for American Progress: Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts