The Boston Fed has a brief that highlights the underfunded child care sector and what changes are needed to support the child care providers and families that are directly affected. See the excerpt below:
“There is an enormous disparity between the value of these programs and the funding needed to ensure high quality, which generally includes teacher qualifications, class size, good teacher-child ratios, a supportive emotional climate, curricula, cultural competency, and a safe and healthful physical environment.
Community-based nonprofits or small businesses operate most early-education and out-of-school-time programs. They exist at the margin of financial viability, especially programs that serve children on public subsidy, which are the focus of many efforts to close the achievement gap and reduce health disparities in America.”
Source authored by Mav Pardee, Children’s Investment Fund, and published on March 5, 2012
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