Focusing on the Vox article, identify TWO structural factors that have contributed to the lack of affordable child care options for parents in the U.S. in recent years (don’t just say the pandemic or covid-19 – be more specific than that!) and explain HOW those factors have contributed to the lack of affordable child care options for many parents.
Thinking about child care workers and the broader culture in the U.S., how might sociologists explain the relatively low status and pay for child care workers in U.S. society? (This is not asking for your personal opinion on whether or not they are paid to little or too much; rather, think sociologically about how cultural values, beliefs, expectations, norms, etc. in mainstream U.S. society impact status, prestige and pay for child care workers in our society and back up your claims with supporting evidence from the article and/or from the textbook.)
Lastly, examining the data you collected on child care providers in your area, discuss the patterns/trends you identified re: hours, cost, ages, etc. and then discuss how the availability of child care in your area may affect dual earner couples with families and the decisions they make regarding work/family balance, child care quality, child care costs, and also how factors such as their work schedule/hours, income, # of children, etc. may affect whether or not child care is an option for them (note: we are assuming the parents do not have family nearby to care for their children while they are working).
Lastly, conclude your write-up by discussing one structural change you think we could make here in the U.S. if our goal was to increase access to affordable, quality child care for all parents.