The Child Care Crisis is Killing the Economy — Year-Round School Could Fix It

Amanda Claypool
8 min readJul 10, 2023
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Summer is upon us which means kids across the country are out of school.

This is a notoriously challenging time of year for parents. Many can’t afford full-day child care let alone sending their kiddos off to sleepaway camp.

From an economic perspective, the problem runs much deeper. The summer slump at the office is real, but productivity doesn’t fall off just because workers are ready to hit the beach. Parents who have to worry about how they’re going to take care of their kids during the summer months aren’t fully engaged in their work.

There are long-term consequences for students too and it isn’t necessarily about unequal access to summer enrichment programs. As a society, we don’t have a safety net to prevent vulnerable kids from falling behind. For millions of kids, school is their safety net.

Forget about the notion that summer enrichment activities are meant to help students get ahead. For 12 weeks every summer kids in lower- and middle-income households lose their safety net and the source of stability that comes with it.

A novel solution to the problems created by summer break, of course, is a year-round school system. It’s not so much about forcing kids to spend more time in the classroom as it is…



Amanda Claypool

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