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Domestic Workers Need Rights—but Can Working Families Afford What They’ll Cost?

By Bryce Covert
The Nation

"Because the government has failed to provide and subsidize quality childcare, families, including many in the middle class (68 percent of respondents to a 2010 national survey of in-home childcare providers were employed by two working parents) struggle to find the money for in-home care. And that results in inadequate pay and benefits for caregivers. 'The problem we have in the US is that we don’t have a system of supporting working parents and their childcare needs,' says Dr. Robert Drago, research director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. 'So parents often end up spending a quarter of their income on childcare, and many parents worry about the quality of the childcare they’re getting.'”

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