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The U.S. Child-Care Crisis Is Torturing Parents and the Economy

Dec. 10, 2020, 11:00 AM

It didn’t seem possible that the U.S. child-care crisis could get much worse. Then came the pandemic, and parents were thrust into full-time caregiving roles for months on end. Beyond being stressful and exhausting, that reality has forced millions of parents, mostly mothers, to make tough decisions about how much to work, if at all.

Even C. Nicole Mason, who’s spent decades researching economic policies that benefit women, gained a new appreciation for the value of having some help watching her kids. Mason is president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington and a...

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