Emily Brisse is a teacher and writer from Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Motherwell, Creative Nonfiction's True Story, and elsewhere. She prefers raspberry chocolate chip ice cream, thank you. Connect with her @emilybrisse.
Though it's a major expense for most families, consistent child care for children of working parents provides economic, educational, and personal value. Here's why it's a good bang for the buck—not just for families, but for us all.