A couple points:
Alternatives to patient-present doctor-mediated health care to cover the 80% case in which doctors are expensive overkill; some combination of telemedicine and nurse-practitioners.
We have police departments and we have fire departments. We should have "nurse departments" that are clinics but much more structured as are fire and PD services for each given area.
(I know there is a grey version of this with EMT/clinics/hospitals etc... but this is something that could be made better.)
Modern logistics-driven solutions for inexpensive high-quality child care.
We talk a lot about "getting more women in tech" for example...
Getting more women JUST TO BE ABLE TO WORK involves insuring child care!
Sending a kid to child care full time costs MORE than many women can make per hour! Its ridiculous.
If you have ever tried to look for child care services on Care.com or otherwise, sitters all want ~$25/hour in the bay area.
Of course then they are out of the workforce and 'unhirable' when they try to re-enter it.
Pro tip: Have the full time parent take classes part time and do volunteer work. These days, blogging and online freelance work can also play a part.
Those things help preserve your employability. They give you something to put on a resume. The one and only thing that has the ability to increase your earning power while you take time off work is education. I read that somewhere and I have experienced it firsthand.
I got my first full time paid job at age 41. It paid better than minimum wage and I worked for the largest company in town. Any time I made small talk while buying myself lunch or getting a haircut, telling people where I worked got oohs and aahs. They didn't even know my job title or that I was stuck in an entry level job and never managed to get promoted. Just having a job there at all was statusy and a ticket to a real career.
I wasn't making the kind of money my ex made, but I wasn't doomed either. I ultimately left (for health reasons). I now do freelance work and, with my health issues resolving, my income is going up. At some point, I expect to live comfortably.
Solution: Childcare Visa. Many women in other parts of the world would LOVE to come to America. We need a special visa for them, and perhaps they can take care of your children from 8 to 6PM M-F in exchange for room and board and weekends, or some type of arrangement.
It's not free, but it's significantly less than the aforementioned $25 / hr.
What do you mean by this?