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, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment and For Our Babies released a new animated video to help people understand the challenges facing families, babies, and the teachers that 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.
For information on how to assess good child care reform, please also see What good child care reform looks like.
For information on the status of the ECE workforce in your state, please also see the Index.