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How childcare deserts impact working families

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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?

Guests:

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

Web Resources:

US News: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The State of Preschool in the U.S.

Slate: Welcome to Life in America’s Child Care Deserts

Washington Post: The surprising number of parents scaling back at work to care for kids

Center for American Progress: Mapping America’s Child Care Deserts

The Guardian: How America's 'childcare deserts' are driving women out of the workforce

 

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.