Six Hundred Atlantic tells the stories of the people of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and their work to shape the historic region they serve. The podcast explores the trends, challenges, and insights uncovered by the Boston Fed’s economists, researchers, and analysts, and it reports on how the Bank is working to strengthen the New England and national economies and make sure economic opportunity is open to all.
What’s the true cost of child care reform? Change v. the status quo
Something is different these days in the push for child care reform. There’s momentum. Some say right now is the best window for reform in decades. But others are skeptical, citing its massive costs and a spending-weary public.
Women’s work: Women bear the brunt of the child care crisis
The American ideal once saw women at home, while men went to work. But cultural expectations have changed, and for many women that’s not possible or desirable. Still, women say the child care system hasn’t adjusted, and they bear the brunt of its problems.
The shared burden of a broken child care system falls on parents, providers, workers
Steep child care costs matter, and not just to the parents who pay them. Those fees are also the sector’s main source of revenue. Advocates see this as one of the system’s major flaws, and they say parents, providers, and workers all suffer for it.
U.S. history hides clues about child care and the fight for reform
Polls indicate strong support for investing in a better child care system. Actual legislative results tell another story. Does history offer clues about why comprehensive reform has been so elusive, even though – on the surface – the idea is popular?
What’s the real economic impact of child care?
Child care follows a familiar storyline in the U.S.: Crisis comes, people act. Then momentum fades, and the system limps ahead. What’s preventing lasting reform? Advocates say many underestimate the sector’s broad impacts on the economy and the future.
Six Hundred Atlantic Season 2 Trailer
The nation’s struggling child care system follows a familiar storyline: Crisis comes, people act. Then momentum fades, and the flawed sector limps forward. What is the cost to our economy and our families? This season, Six Hundred Atlantic looks at child care’s difficult present and uncertain future. Is major change ahead? Or will the story stay the same?
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I enjoy this podcast. Among other things, it combines historical, sociological, and financial analysis in explaining disparities between rural and urban settings in America. Expert evaluation and contribution adds depth, yet is relatable.
Above all, it raises awareness regarding the possible trajectories for the country should these trends continue.
It piqued my interest in the subject—looking forward to more.
Interesting subject matter. Very well done!
Six Hundred Atlantic: A House Divided
Great stuff for the layperson as well as expert