Child-Care Options

May 8, 1998 • Volume 8, Issue 18
Are there enough good facilities?
By Karen Lee Scrivo

Introduction

(Photo courtesy of Friendship House) (Photo courtesy of Friendship House)

About 13 million children under age 6 get daily care from someone other than their parents. For many working families, finding child-care that stimulates their children's physical, emotional and intellectual development is a continuing problem. For others, simply finding an affordable facility is the challenge. Full-day care for one child can often cost more than the tuition at a public university. Still, child-care workers rank among the lowest paid in the country, which contributes to high staff turnover and high child-staff ratios. Several studies say U.S. child care is so poor it threatens children's health and development. But conservatives challenge the findings and urge Congress not to increase subsidies for child-care or set federal standards for providers.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
Child Care
May 08, 1998  Child-Care Options
Dec. 17, 1993  Child Care
May 06, 1983  Day-Care Needs
Jun. 14, 1972  Child Care
Jul. 07, 1965  Child Day Care and Working Mothers
BROWSE RELATED TOPICS:
Maternal and Child Health Care
Women in the Workplace
Work and the Family