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The Hell of American Day Care

Can Two-Generation Strategies Bolster Early Education and Workforce Participation?
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Jonathan Cohn’s recent article for The New Republic highlighted the tragic outcomes stemming from our inadequate, unequal, and largely unregulated child care system. Stressed by workplace demands and constrained by a dearth of good daycare options, families face difficult decisions. Many child care workers are poorly compensated and inadequately trained, and most workplaces are not set up to support parents desperate for better options. With limited public resources devoted to creating high-quality care facilities, millions of young children miss out on valuable early educational opportunities, and their parents struggle to thrive in the workplace.

Join us on May 13th for a conversation with Jonathan Cohn and a panel of experts about the “hell of American day care” and an examination of potential strategies to improve our early education system more broadly. What type of changes would best help children to achieve greater academic and social outcomes? Which structures would work best for parents striving for economic stability and a better future for their children? The panel will also consider the promise of "two-generation" strategies, those that simultaneously address the needs of parents and children, to provide early educational opportunities and support for parents participating in the workforce.

The program will be live streaming on the event webpage for those who are unable to attend in person.  

On Twitter? Join the conversation by tweeting @AssetsNAF with the hashtag #fixingdaycare.  



Jonathan Cohn 
Senior Editor, The New Republic
Author,“The Hell of American Daycare”

Karen Kornbluh
Former Ambassador, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Lisa Guernsey
Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation

Brigid Schulte
Schwartz Fellow, New America Foundation
Reporter, The Washington Post

Reid Cramer
Director, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation

Event Time and Location

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:15pm - 1:30pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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