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  •  I remember the story. Flip side, though: (4+ / 0-)
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    mmacdDE, majcmb1, sb, badscience

    I grew up among poor people (my family included) who relied on unregulated "neighbor ladies" to provide child care. Sometimes the care was fabulous-- I think my Aunt Vi was probably a grandmotherly caregiver who minded the children she took in as if they were family.

    Others were... not grandmotherly. One, across the street from my family throughout my high school years, was filthy and overcrowded. I don't know what those kids ate during the day. I know they never went outside into daylight.

    We need a completely different approach to early childhood care in this country. We need affordable community-based childcare centers staffed by trained professionals who know how to handle everything from infection control (very important among young children) to appropriate cognitive stimulation from infancy to early school age.

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