One third of the U.S. workforce, or an estimated 50 million workers, has a child under 14 in their household. Working parents depend on safe and reliable care for their children in order to be able to work. But preschool care and after school programs are in danger of permanently shutting down in the wake of COVID-19. This affects not only the parents and the children but also the employees and owners of child care facilities. The large negative impacts of limited access to childcare fall disproportionately on women, and those with lower incomes. Tune in to the latest episode of EconoFact Chats with host Michael Klein, and Alicia Modestino of Northeastern University, as they discuss how a lack of childcare affects both families and the overall U.S. economic recovery.
(Podcast recorded on 30th July, 2020)
- The Importance of Childcare in Reopening the Economy (by Alicia Sasser Modestino, Jamie Ladge and Alisa Lincoln at Northeastern University)