Where Do Rich Countries Stand on Childcare?

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UNICEF, United Nations Children's Fund

Some of the world’s richest countries were failing to offer comprehensive childcare solutions to all families even before COVID-19. This was in some instances a reflection of the countries policy priorities rather than available resources. The COVID-19 pandemic have had negative impacts on children’s education, care and well-being as parents struggled to balance their responsibilities for childcare and employment, with the biggest burden placed on women. Childcare was one of the worst affected family services in the context of lockdown and school closures. This report provides information on how governments can help parents through paid parental leave, followed by affordable and high-quality childcare.

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