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Video: Why Is the U.S. the Only Wealthy Nation Without Universal Childcare?

Did you know that the U.S. used to have universal childcare? During World War II, the government set up daycare programs for mothers going to work to fill the roles of men at war. The cost was only 50 cents a day, the equivalent of $8 today—lunch included!


What happened? How did the U.S. slide backwards while every other wealthy country established universal childcare and paid maternity and paternity leave?


This 8-minute Vox video gives a dynamic history of childcare policy in America, and explains why the U.S. is not supporting its families the same way other countries have been able to for decades.


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