To Care, or Not to Care: How the Costa Rican National Daycare Network Provides the Right to Care
This project examines right to care in Costa Rica through the lens of the National Childcare and Development Network. Right to care describes the right to be cared for, to care and not to care (Estrada, 27). Within an individual's right to care is the ability to define and determine appropriate care. This paper argues that although Costa Rica’s National Daycare Network provides additional care services to targeted individuals, the right to care of all Costa Ricans cannot be fully realized without the universalization of the system. The topics of governmental actors, policies, social perceptions, culture, demographics and the gender division of childcare labor are utilized when evaluating how the current system provides the right to care. Throughout the paper, narrative writing produced while volunteering at Manos Amigas Centro Infantil, a daycare center that is funded by the national daycare network, situates an individual daycare experience within the broader system.
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