Podcast interview: No 9-to-5 hours? No child care. Boston Fed expert discusses impact
Six Hundred Atlantic interviews child-care researcher Sarah Savage
The lack of affordable, high-quality child care in the U.S. was a hot topic during the pandemic, and the issue was the focus of Season 2 of Six Hundred Atlantic, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s podcast. But one aspect of the crisis is often overlooked: a scarcity of child care outside the 9-to-5 work day.
Four women who work “nontraditional” hours spoke about the problem with Boston Fed child care expert Sarah Savage and her team. The interviewees range from a homeless mom to a mother of six, and their stories are told in an animation for the Bank’s online Invested magazine. We’re also including audio from the moms in a newly released bonus episode of Season 2.
The episode starts with a Q&A with Savage. She discusses the problem, how to make a business case for serving nontraditional workers, and the possible economic impacts of this gap in the system.
Listen to the episode and find other Six Hundred Atlantic interviews and podcast seasons here.