“We as a society, with public funding, spend so much less on children before kindergarten than once they reach kindergarten … And yet the science of child development shows how very important investment in the youngest ages are, and we get societal benefits from those investments.” The NYT’s excellent Claire Cain Miller on How Other Nations Pay for Child Care. “Rich countries contribute an average of $14,000 per year for a toddler’s care, compared with $500 in the U.S. The Democrats’ spending bill tries to shrink the gap.” (Gift Article for NextDraft readers, except toddlers who will be required to pay full price so we don’t risk creating an entitlement society.)