School-Age Children: Getting a Chance
This chapter focuses on school-age children, the care they lack, and the caregiving gaps they are forced to fill when no one else is available. When pressed about who is caring for school-age children, popular unspoken presumptions emerge: that most school-age children can fare adequately when left alone. In some ways, the disparity between the visibility of the needs of preschool children and those of school-age children in the United States is a microcosm of the world. Most employers do next to nothing to help working parents address the needs of children six and over. Federal funding amounts to less than the equivalent of two afternoons' care for school-age children. Similarly, where attention is being paid by global organizations to children in working families, such as by UNESCO and the World Bank, it is almost exclusively paid to early childhood care and education.
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