The Nation: Child care costs can drive teachers and families into poverty

This week, The Nation investigated child care costs, reporting: “The cost of daycare can drive a family into poverty before a child reaches kindergarten, but it’s also likely to impoverish her teacher first. While preschool programs are expanding nationwide…they cost parents everything while paying teachers nothing simultaneously. And childcare providers are so underfunded overall that the system leaves both teachers and families impoverished.”

As child care worker, Fight for $15 member, and mother of three Tolanda Barnette recently testified at a public hearing in North Carolina, “There is something really ugly about being someone who is passionate about caring for children, goes above and beyond to care for children, but not being paid enough… to have enough to care for my own.”

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