The Public Interest

“Child care”: the fiscal time bomb

B. Bruce-Briggs

Fall 1977

THAT government should provide “day care” for a nation’s children does not evoke the kind of natural assent that, say, providing care for the handicapped does. After all, the traditional day-care providers, called “mothers,” have high incentives and the necessary skills ( or so it has always been assumed), and are available in adequate numbers. So it is not surprising that government-provided day care should be one of the more controversial issues of social policy.

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