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In Two-Child China, Legislators Look to End Shortages of Child Care, Preschools

Kindergartners in Langxi county in Anhui province take part in an outdoor class in February 2017. A proposal at the annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference calls for more child care centers and improved teaching, particularly at facilities for children younger than 3. Photo: VCG
Kindergartners in Langxi county in Anhui province take part in an outdoor class in February 2017. A proposal at the annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference calls for more child care centers and improved teaching, particularly at facilities for children younger than 3. Photo: VCG

Delegates to this year’s two big political meetings in the Chinese capital are urging the central government to spend more on preschool education and child care facilities to address a supply crunch amid a nationwide push for young parents to have a second child.

A proposal by the Central Committee of China’s Association for Promoting Democracy — one of the eight minor parties that work under the ruling Communist Party — warned about the lack of skilled teachers and the poor teaching quality, sanitation and safety issues in Chinese kindergartens (preschools) and nurseries.

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