Download e-book for iPad: America's Child Care Problem: The Way Out by Barbara R. Bergmann, Suzanne Wiggans Helburn

By Barbara R. Bergmann, Suzanne Wiggans Helburn

ISBN-10: 031221149X

ISBN-13: 9780312211493

ISBN-10: 1403973849

ISBN-13: 9781403973849

The revolution in women’s lives has created an exceptional call for for non-parental baby care, and sparked a growing to be baby care run via either private and non-private services. during this booklet, esteemed economists research the motives and capability treatments of the kid care difficulties that face this state at the present time. Writing for policymakers, mom and dad, and companies alike, Suzanne W. Helburn and Barbara R. Bergmann give you the first in-depth examine the kid care undefined, deciding on the most important difficulties reminiscent of caliber of care and the excessive fee of even mediocre care. furthermore, the authors determine assets for change–including better regulatory strategies on companies and providers of care–and extra govt subsidies. America’s baby Care challenge examines the perspectives of key avid gamers in all points of the kid care undefined: CEOs, politicians, coverage advocates, origin administrators, baby care prone, and oldsters; and provides particular suggestion and instructions for fogeys to take advantage of whilst deciding on care. The booklet is helping mom and dad comprehend the hidden expenses of kid care; the professionals and cons of kid care facilities as opposed to care through nannies, family members, and family-run facilities; and risk indications that point out a low caliber of kid care.

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Poverty line and cost of care in a center, as of year 2000. Parents’ copayments are figured as 20 percent of family income over the poverty line. Government payments are equal to the cost of care, less parents’ copayment. rate means a drop in the child care subsidy of 50 cents for each additional dollar earned. But as the family earns more, and for that reason is losing dollars off its child care subsidy, it is at the same time losing benefits from the EITC and from food stamps. It is also having to pay more income tax and payroll tax.

A single mother with two children under five would get little or no benefit from it unless she had a wage income of about $21,000 or above, a wage earned by only a minority of such mothers. The amount of help that the current tax-based dependent care credit gives is modest. Center care of average quality for two preschool children can cost $20,000 or more in some localities, but few families get a credit as high as HOW COULD WE MAKE CHILD CARE AFFORDABLE TO ALL? 23 $1,000, and most families claiming the credit get less.

Thus, when we talk about making child care affordable we are not talking about getting costs down. Quite on the contrary, they are rising, and we can expect them to continue to rise over time relative to the cost of most other goods and services. Whatever the inflation rate we have in the general level of prices, the rise in child care costs and prices is likely to exceed it by a considerable amount. So reducing child care costs is not something we can realistically hope to achieve through any sort of government policy.

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