Top 2020 presidential candidates want to overhaul the child care system. Here’s why the U.S. system is so expensive and why it’s difficult to change.
A deep dive by USA TODAY on why so many Americans still lack paid family leave and affordable child care caused a stir among readers on social media. Some of them chimed in with their own stories of sky-high child care costs, while others debated whether affordable child care should even be a priority.
Opinions on how to tackle the issue ran the gamut. The USA TODAY team found some businesses, large and small, are standing in the way of federal paid leave. That conclusion was a non-starter for some, while others wished the government and businesses would do more.
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