Washington Post

Working parents are an endangered species. That's why Democrats are talking child care

Children return to a child-care center in Washington after a trip outside. Foto: Washington Post photo by Bill O'Leary.

Democrats' child-care proposals, such as the plan put forward by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., last week, target an increasingly rare breed: the working parent.

Parents make up a smaller share of the U.S. labor force now than at any other time in at least a century, according to our analysis of Census Bureau and Labor Department data. But it's not because parents aren't working. It's because workers aren't becoming parents...

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