New Video “Getting it Right For Our Babies” Describes and Offers Solutions to Repair America’s Broken Child Care System
With the average cost of child care in the U.S. equaling college tuition and millions of early childhood educators facing wages so low they often struggle to support their own families, For Our Babies and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment released a new animation to help people understand the challenges facing families, babies, and the teachers who work with them.
Through the story of baby Eva, her parents who need care for her while they work and infant/toddler teachers Nora and Carmen, we discover a broken system that needs our immediate attention. “Getting it Right For Our Babies” presents three key strategies to right this situation in the United States: paid parental leave; affordable, quality child care; and investment in teachers.
Research and policy recommendations aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports and rewards early educators to ensure young children’s optimal development are available on the CSCCE website. A framework with which to assess proposed child care policy solutions is also available in CSCCE’s recent report, “What does good child care reform look like?“
Additional information about the infancy period is available in another For Our Babies animation, “The Social Womb: Building Babies Brains”