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High-Quality, Affordable Childcare In the U.S. Military
posted by Amy

In "After U.S. Military, Parents Face Sticker Shock," Allison Stevens focuses on the difficulties former military members and their families face finding high-quality, affordable childcare--something they're used to having thanks to the military's highly-praised childcare programs.

Stevens writes, "As military demographics changed--with more women and married men serving in the armed forces--so too did the need for longer-term, high quality child care." So the military worked to meet that need by providing training and support to in-home childcare workers and by paying childcare providers higher-than-average wages, among other things.

As someone who has cobbled together various babysitting and preschool arrangments for years because part-time daycare was far too expensive for my family until the two oldest kids were in public school, I've seen firsthand the need for high-quality, affordable daycare. The military's success shows what's possible; I hope that when my kids are searching for childcare for their children, they can have choices like the ones military members have.