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Child care news and analysis from The Nation
May 9, 2023
You Don’t Need a Script to Speak to Your Child
“Gentle parenting” aims to protect children from harm, but in whittling acceptable language down to a handful of phrases, the movement not only distrusts parents, but also disallows for individual differences.
Kate Shannon Jenkins
March 23, 2023
The Childcare Crisis Is Getting Worse
When child care is unaffordable and unavailable, people can’t get to work—it’s mainly mothers who are held back.
February 7, 2023
The Economic Response to the Pandemic Proved We Can Have Nice Things
Biden is ending the Covid public health emergency, and with it will go some of the positive outcomes of the terrible pandemic.
David M. Perry
September 30, 2022
Hyde Reminds Us That Abortion Is an Economic Justice Issue
On the 46th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, 2022 midterm candidates would do well to remember that abortion is an economic justice issue.
May 24, 2022
Child Care Providers Are Organizing, Demanding More, and Winning
As federal efforts to invest in affordable child care have stalled, a growing number of states have stepped up to enact major changes aimed at stabilizing the sector.
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February 7, 2022
As Child Tax Payments Expire, Struggling Families Are Desperate
Congress could get inspiration from the tortured creation of Social Security.
James Roosevelt Jr.
Henry Scott Wallace
Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall
Harold M. Ickes
February 7, 2022
Democrats Are Facing an Uphill Battle
With the midterm elections on the horizon, the party is alienating its base and losing public confidence.
December 14, 2021
Jobs for Men but Not for Women?
Though sex-based discrimination is no longer legal, it still structures American employment. Passing the Build Back Better bill could finally change that.
November 17, 2021
The Build Back Better Act Can Level the Field for Single Parents
No wonder conservative lawmakers who idealize a “traditional” nuclear family are trying to discredit the potential investment in child care.
October 28, 2021
The Resistance Has Come Too Far to Stop Now
With the fight for Build Back Better raging, this is no time to shrink from the political fray.