Disparate Treatment of Schools and Child Care Perpetuates Inequities and Inefficiencies

News from the National Children’s Facilities Network

Last month The New York Times shared an op-ed, School Is (Whisper It) a Form of Child Care, that explores the sharp distinction that exists between school and child care, despite the fact that both are crucial forms of education and care. The author, Bryce Covert, writes that “separating child care from the larger K-12 educational system forces many of us to live with an expensive, patchwork, private system for children up to age 5.” To address this inequitable and ineffective system, the author suggests that child care should be made more like public school, which is guaranteed and free.

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