(Penni Gladstone/CalMatters) Teachers Yolanda Wilson, left, and Kyla Kinner work with students at Lil Nancy’s Primary Schoolhouse in Oakland.
Recent stories of a kidnapping in the Bay Area and of child endangerment in Ohio have made headlines across the nation. The parents’ same impossible decision led to a father’s car being stolen with his two young children inside, and a mother of two being arrested for leaving her children alone. That decision was to go to work.
These stories have highlighted a systemic inequality parents are dealing with daily: How a woefully underfunded child care system, outdated to meet the needs of today’s working parents, is leaving us with dangerous and unjust consequences.
This reality isn’t new. At Parent