Rating The United States On Child Care

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Media Outlet: The Diane Rehm Show

Brigid Schulte was on the Diane Rehm Show to discuss the New America Care Report:

The majority of parents in the United States work outside the home. That means everyday about 12 million children under the age of five are left in some type of child care situation. And as most parents can tell you, care does not come cheap. On average a year at a typical child care center costs more than in-state college tuition. Yet, these high prices do not always ensure an enriching or even safe environment. A new report maps our country’s child care infrastructure, rating each state on availability, cost and quality. And says nobody is getting it right. As presidential candidates take up the cause, grading the country on child care.


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Brigid Schulte is the director of the Better Life Lab at New America. Schulte is an award-winning journalist and author, who writes widely for publications including the Washington Post, Slate, Time,  the Guardian, and others. Her book on time pressure, gender roles and modern life, Overwhelmed, Work, Love and Play when No One has the Time, was a New York Times bestseller.