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The U.S. Almost Had Universal Childcare 50 Years Ago. The Same Attacks Might Kill It Today


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The U.S. Almost Had Universal Childcare 50 Years Ago. The Same Attacks Might Kill It Today

The U.S. Almost Had Universal Childcare 50 Years Ago. The Same Attacks Might Kill It Today

Among the policy proposals included in the “Build Back Better” Act championed by the Biden administration and congressional Democrats is legislation the White House describes as “the largest investment in childcare in the nation’s history.” The sweeping social policies would include universal and free prekindergarten and expanded child tax credits; child care activists back the proposals to limit child care costs to no more than 7% of most families’ income.

But there is an element of déjà vu to the timing of the negotiations on a landmark childcare bill this week, and the rhetoric surrounding it—particularly when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) denounced the bill’s child care provisions as “a toddler takeover” on the Senate floor:
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