What does it take to raise a child?

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  • Childcare in the U.S. is still perceived as an individual responsibility.
  • A dichotomy between childcare and K-12 has set these two apart in terms of funding, governance and professional power. 
  • Despite all those challenges, there is hope in sight for the childcare industry. 
  • We believe that Commitment is what it takes to raise a child in the U.S..

From an individual responsibility to a misconception of what child development means

It takes a village to raise a child is an African proverb, which means that an entire community must come together and ensure children will grow in a safe and healthy environment. So, what does it mean in our context? First of all, childcare in the U.S. is still perceived as an individual responsibility. Moreover, a dichotomy between childcare and K-12, which one takes care and the other provides education, has set the two sectors on different paths in terms of funding, governance, and professional power. It is certainly a misconception of what we understand of child development. Sadly, those perceptions may have curtailed progress to this industry, but there is hope in sight.

Despite all the challenges, there is hope in sight for the childcare industry

The pandemic has laid bare the need to finally resolve the fundamental challenges of the childcare industry, and we've seen some developments on the way, though more help is still needed. The government has approved the CARES Act, and the next relief package may come soon. Civil society has organized advocacy and funding campaigns to raise awareness and provide relief. And corporate America is integrating childcare into benefit packages to its workforce, reducing the financial burden on working families.  

Commitment is what it takes to raise a child in the U.S.

So what does it take to raise a child in the U.S.? Commitment. We at Arvorie are committed to make childcare affordable for every parent. Arvorie has been engaging with corporations and childcare providers to restore the childcare industry. Whether partnering with employers to maximize the use of tax-exemption policies to benefit working families, or helping families find childcare providers, or reaching out to providers and support them to get open slots filled, Arvorie has been fulfilling its mission to tackle childcare affordability crisis. Join us on our mission and together we can start restoring the childcare industry.

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