What Next

Solving the Child Care Crisis

America has tackled a child care crisis before. Can COVID force the government to do something major again?


Episode Notes

Even before the pandemic child care was a long, simmering crisis. With the fall approaching and school reopenings in flux, many parents are asking themselves the same question: what am I going to do with my kid? America has solved a child care crisis before, the question is whether the country can muster up the energy (and money) to do so again.

Guest: Betsey Stevenson is a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Michigan.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Jayson De Leon, and Danielle Hewitt. With help from Daniel Avis.


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The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.