Should the Government Provide Child Day Care Centers for Working Parents
There have at least been 70 bills that have been introduced by both of them, but it seems like the house of representative keep turning down every single one of them. (Noble) Government should pass a law that provides free daycare centers because that would be one thing less that the working parents would have to worry about.
The immediate issues are more direct. The evidence shows clearly that many families need childcare and that licensed center-based care is not affordable for them. How can the federal government pay for it, assure that parents remain in the driver’s seat, minimize unintended negative consequences (including overutilization), and achieve requisite political support?
The size of the families in the poor neighborhood are generally large which results in limitations in time to give each child ample attention. Children only have access to poor quality childcare services that have poor resources too. A look at the wider community shows that there exist little or no policies that have worked towards improving the situation. The level of insecurity is high, the families still survive on low income abusive jobs, the schools are short of resources, and ethnicity is still evident among other social ills. The policy makers should understand that living in a community marred with all the antisocial tendencies as well as low quality livelihood is the reason the children result in poor developmental experiences as opposed to the problems experienced at home of say abusive families, single parenthood, cultural diversity, low paying jobs. Policies that ensure that the neighborhoods lived in harmony have links socially, have good schools, kindergarten, the parents have social support groups, and the law makers and other support agencies teamed up for the betterment of the community. This would include including the community members in making the laws and decisions that pertain to their lives (Edwards, 2005). In conclusion, the process of the children development is experiential and forms their learning methodology. As the children learn these experiences in the early childhood centers, the various factors come into play to affect their development process. These are their personal attributes, the close family members, and the community surrounding them and the childcare center and the policies in place to govern the community.
It is an essential way to close the achievement gap between children of different economic backgrounds and prepare them for kindergarten, primary school, and beyond. Decades of research have also shown that investing in our children at an early age pays social, educational, and economic dividends over the course of a child’s lifetime. Children deserve access to affordable high-quality education that promotes school readiness, regardless of their family situation. We shouldn’t forget that affordable high-quality child care is also essential to parents’ abilities to balance work success with family responsibilities—a goal that every parent deserves to easily achieve. President Obama’s preschool and child care plan will strengthen families and make them more economically secure while also reducing inequality and improving educational achievement in this country.
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