‘I am a caretaker and I have no one to take care of my children’: 3 million children have no place in kindergarten

  • Thai Caransa – ctcarran
  • From BBC News Brazil in Sao Paulo

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Lack of vacancies in day care centers and preschools affect early childhood education, women’s chances of working and family income

“I’m a housemaid exploiting another housemaid.”

Thus, Valdirin Boaventura Santos, 39, a resident of Salvador, summed up a situation that was uncomfortable for him.

For eight years a caregiver for the elderly and before that a nanny, housekeeper and cook, Valdirin has spent her entire life taking care of other people’s homes and families.

She raises three children alone, ages 16, 5 and 4, and finds no place in public day care and preschool for the youngest in her neighborhood.

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