In Manhattan, Preschool Interviews Induce Anxiety()  

Children play with blue foam building blocks at the Blue School in New York City on March 31. The private preschool was founded by members of the Blue Man Group who wanted to send their own children to a school they felt supported creativity.

August 12, 2011 WNYCSome Manhattanites spend $20,000 or $30,000 a year sending their children to preschool. And because competition for those slots is fierce, the preschool interview sets parents on edge. Here are some do's and don'ts — not only for your toddler, but also for you — to ace the interviews.

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Preschool: The Best Job-Training Program()  

Job training.

August 12, 2011 If you want adults to have jobs, the best time to train them is when they're 3 years old, an economist says.

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Parents Sound Off On The Economics Of Child Care()  

Adam Graham (from left to right), Tanae Foglia, Kelly Hruska, Stacey Ferguson, Corie Driscoll, Angela Tilghman and Sharon Johnson participate in a round-table discussion about parenting hosted by Michele Norris at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

August 9, 2011 To tap into the hushed discussions about day care that take place alongside soccer fields or among trusted friends, All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris assembled a group of middle-class parents. And some have advice: Be flexible and start thinking about it before you get pregnant.

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Parental Leave: The Swedes Are The Most Generous()  

Map: Maternity Leave Around The World

August 8, 2011 Maternity and paternity leave policies around the world vary, but most countries do pay for a portion if not all of the leave. Some of the most generous parental leave laws in the world are in Sweden, and dads seem happy.

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The Challenges Of Child Care: Emotional Decisions And A Constant Juggling Act()  

Stacey Ferguson, Corie Driscoll and Angela Tilghman participate in a round table discussion about parenting hosted by Michele Norris at NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C.

August 8, 2011 A group of parents (and one grandparent) gathered at NPR's headquarters to talk with Michele Norris about the logistical and emotional challenges of child care.

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Egalite For Bebe? France's Free Child Clinics At Risk()  

Dr. Sandrine Courtial examines 3.5-month-old Ayline Alhas at the Centre de Protection Maternelle et Infantile (PMI) in Savigny-sur-Orge, France, before giving her a vaccination. Ayline's mother, Melissa, has been bringing her in for free well-child check-ups since her birth.

July 27, 2011 KQEDIn France, public health clinics have offered free services for all parents and kids, including vaccinations and classes on healthy nutrition, since 1945. The system has been credited with getting French children off to a remarkably healthy start. Now it's being threatened by economic woes and immigration pressures.

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Born In The USA? This Blanket Might Look Familiar()  

Zac and Penny Johnson's son Henry is 4, but they still have his hospital blanket in a box with other keepsakes. Zac remembers bringing one of these blankets home to their dog Daisy to smell, in anticipation of Henry's homecoming.

July 22, 2011 Medline makes the white flannel blanket with pink and blue stripes used in hospital delivery rooms across the country. The company has produced close to 25 million of the blankets since 1980 alone.

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In China, An IVF Clinic Grapples With Huge Demand()  

The lobby of the Shanghai Ji Ai Genetics and IVF Institute is filled with clients waiting to see doctors.

July 1, 2011 Treating infertility has become a booming business in China, a country known for its one-child policy. One American-backed in vitro fertilization clinic in Shanghai can hardly keep up with demand, with patients filling the waiting rooms and spilling over into the stairwells.

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