How Early Youngster Care In The U.S. Falls Brief Of Nearly Each Different Developed Nation’s Applications
When it comes to paying for childcare, the US lags far behind many developed countries.
According to the New York Times. rich countries contribute an average of $ 14,000 per year to childcare, compared to $ 500 in the United States
The average 2-year-old in Denmark is guaranteed a place in a day-care center up to the age of 10, for which the parents receive a 75% discount. The Danish government provides US $ 23,140 per child annually to care for children under the age of 2 and also supports parents who choose to stay at home or hire a nanny.
Childcare costs American parents between $ 1,000 and $ 6,000 a month.
Formal childcare is less popular in the US, perhaps due to the average cost of $ 1,100 per month with no guaranteed seat. In addition, the government does not cover any costs for parents who stay home or find other arrangements.
The United States has significantly lower levels of childcare funding than other developed countries, data from the Urban Institute shows.
This discrepancy can have a massive impact on the early development of children and also affect their potential in later life.
The United States offers a remarkably low level of financial support for young children compared to other developed countries.
“Rigorous research has shown that income supplements such as a child tax break and direct investment in health care, nutrition, early childhood education and childcare can alleviate the effects of child poverty and have positive effects on children’s educational outcomes and their later educational attainment.” Adult health and income outcomes, ” reports the Urban Institute.
Studies show that income supplements, such as a child tax credit, and direct investments in health care, nutrition, early education and childcare can mitigate the effects of child poverty.
Currently, only 0.2% of US GDP is spent on childcare for children under 2 years of age. This usually comes in the form of a tax credit of $ 200 for a single family per year. The child and dependent tax credit pays more to families who earn more, from $ 124 for the low-income to $ 586.
Other comparable countries spend an average of 0.7% of their GDP on children under 2 years of age.
“We as a society spend so much less publicly on children before they go to kindergarten than we do after they go to kindergarten,” said Elizabeth Davis, an economist who studies childcare at the University of Minnesota. “Still, child development science shows the importance of investing in the youngest age groups, and we benefit from these investments for society.”
Only the poorest working parents of children under the age of 3 qualify for Early Head Start or the childcare block in the US, but fewer than 17% of eligible children ever get this help, reports the New York Times.
Only the poorest working parents of children under the age of 3 are eligible for Early Head Start or the US Childcare Block
Congress is currently debating a spending bill that could help reduce childcare costs for American parents. The bill would cover all childcare costs in licensed daycare for “hardest working families” and at least 93% of the costs for families earning 1.5 times their median national income.
The American Families Plan, endorsed by President Biden, “will ensure that low- and middle-income families pay no more than 7 percent of their income for quality childcare for children under 5, saving the average family $ 14,800 per year in childcare costs , while at the same time generating lifelong benefits for three million children, supporting hundreds of thousands of childcare workers and workers, approximately one million parents, mostly mothers, enabling entry into the labor force and significantly promoting inclusive and equitable economic growth. reads a statement from the White House.
Conservative critics of the bill claim that direct payments would aid parents’ decision to enroll their children in childcare or to stay at home. The bill has also been criticized for raising taxes for businesses and wealthy Americans for whom childcare is not a financial problem.
The American Families Plan ensures that low- and middle-income families pay no more than 7 percent of their income for quality childcare for children under 5, saving the average family $ 14,800 per year in childcare costs.
“I’ve been writing these reports for over 30 years that say this is a crisis – it’s not new,” said Gina Adams, senior fellow at the Urban Institute. “But the pandemic has reminded people that childcare is a cornerstone of our economy. Without them, the parents cannot work. It’s got to a point where the cost of not investing is much, much clearer. “
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Children from low-income families are less likely to have formal childcare. This means that millions of young children are left behind due to problems that are beyond their control.
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