Shared responsibilities: Childcare and the workforce

An assessment of childcare offers guidance to strengthen the sector which is vital for children’s learning and women’s workforce participation. Caring for children is ubiquitous but the form childcare takes varies greatly depending on preferences, beliefs, norms and economic circumstances. The early childhood education and care (ECEC) options available to families – and the personal decisions they make – have consequences on individuals and the entire Indonesian economy. Children, women, families and society all stand to benefit from accessible, high quality, affordable ECEC, including at kindergartens, playgroups and day cares. For this reason, there is growing recognition that care for children is not just a private responsibility, but…

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