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Quality childcare. There is a significant childcare gap in US and it is costing the country billions of dollars. Many markets don’t have any childcare resources

Suggested by DW Dan Weis for Unmet Needs on Jun 18, 2021

Upvoted by Laura MurdockMP Michael PatockDW Dan Weis Lissette AriasNK Nic Kruger Alex PoonAC Anurag ChandraDA Drew AbbotEo Elijah ogbonniaCA Carol AlexanderMK Michael KitzAN Abhishek NagarajAS Artem Skripka


{"ops":[{"insert":"As a parent, I'd be thrilled to see childcare costs reduced (and I'm in Ohio, where the cost is low enough that I can't post it w/o angering my SV friends.)\nSome random thoughts:\nWhen I was young, my mother did a 3/2 split with a friend (Mom would watch us for 3 days, friend for 2, next week mom for 2, friend for 3). Could there be a \"timeshare\" model - especially w/ far more people able to work remote?"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"What about an AirBnB model of sorts? Many stay-at-home moms (I've only seen moms, though dads could easily as well) have created daycares at their home to supplement income while they watch their own child. Regulations are a major challenge here."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nProblems:\nScale is very difficult. Regulations limit the max kids per teacher. Even with high costs a typical daycare is a terrible business and - I'm told - most young kids are a loss-leader for the daycare to get you in for when the kid generates profit (3-5 ish years old)"},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"There are few things requiring higher trust than daycare... \"will they teach my child?\" \"will they treat them well?\", \"what's happening right now?\", etc."},{"attributes":{"list":"bullet"},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nI almost wonder if the key would be in major operational improvements/cost savings to the daycares and a \"daycare in a box\" service to help people get started quickly while being sure to pass all regulatory hurdles?\n"}]}