Emphasizing that early childhood is a crucial developmental stage in a child’s life, Professor Jonathan Todres urges that “waiting until children enter the public sphere (by starting school) before attending to children’s rights runs the risk of leaving millions of children at a disadvantage.” In his March 2 blog, “Supporting Families’ Efforts to Advance Children’s Rights and Well-Being,” Todres addresses the struggle many working families face in finding affordable, safe, and education-rich childcare for children younger than school age. In support of the recently introduced Child C.A.R.E. Act, which helps guarantee access to high-quality child care to low-income families, Todres argues that guaranteeing access to high-quality child care “would simultaneously help advance children’s development while alleviating employment and other economic pressures on working parents.” More on the Child C.A.R.E. Act bill may be found here.
Jonathan Todres is a professor of law at Georgia State University College of Law and a member of the Center for Law, Health & Society. His research focuses on a range of issues related to children’s rights and child well-being, including child trafficking and related forms of exploitation.