Thursday, July 8, 2021

The True Cost of Child Care

From Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Child care policy experts like Simon Workman have long felt there was a child care crisis in America. The experience of the pandemic has made that crisis – the twin difficulties of providers being able to make a decent living and families finding affordable care – much more visible. Workman has a new paper out that looks at the true cost of child care and offers updated data from a tool the Center for American Progress has used to gauge child care prices since 2018. Workman spoke with Spotlight recently; that conversation has been lightly edited for clarity and length. Read the interview here: