Weekly News: ECE and More – 5.12.21

May 12, 2021

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» Policymakers Used to Ignore Child Care. Then Came the Pandemic. (New York Times)

Experts who sounded the alarm about the care economy were often shunted to the side of policy discussions. Not anymore, according to the New York Times.

» U.S. Faces Widespread Child Care Shortage Amid Coronavirus Pandemic (CBS News)

Many companies are reopening their offices. But parents who want to go back to work face a new problem: a child care shortage, according to CBS News.

US Parents Pay Nearly Double the ‘Affordable’ Cost for Child Care and Preschool (The Conversation)

NPR’s Here and Now examines the President Biden’s infrastructure proposal and how it impacts and includes the child care system in the U.S. 

» Stark Inequality Starts Early — With Babies, Toddlers, Report Says (Hechinger Report)

The Hechinger Report looks at the expanding inequality during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it starts very early with our youngest children and learners.

» A Simple Approach to Ending Extreme Poverty in the United States (The Atlantic)

The Atlantic explores a potential solution to mitigating extreme poverty in the U.S.

» Let’s Now Declare this the Summer of Play In America (Bloomberg CityLab)

CityLab takes a look at this summer and why kids need to play more than ever.