Fixing America's 'Nanny Problems'

December 15, 2004 | San Diego Union Tribune |

Senior Fellow Rich Benjamin says that Bernard Kerik's 'nanny problem' highlights the issues of underpaid childcare providers and exploited immigrant labor.

Since one-third of American families with young children earn less than $25,000, it does not take a Nobel Laureate in mathematics to figure out that child care has become prohibitively expensive for many working families. The cost of child care has been rising at about 3 percent to 8 percent annually for several years, outpacing overall inflation.