Child Care Shortages: What Can We Learn from World War II?

New America: Better Life Lab | Jahdziah St. Julien

“Any positive changes will not become permanent unless we as a society mobilize. These emergencies—WWII, COVID-19—are the mothers of social innovations. They are opportunities for thinking outside the box and seeking solutions, out of which some good may come.”

Many child care providers in the United States find themselves in dire circumstances as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In this interview with Dr. Sonya Michel, the Better Life Lab looks for lessons in how this crisis compares to conditions during World War II.

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