While most people think of economic policy as a national issue and child care as a family issue, the two are really both national and family issues.
With both parents in so many families working to make ends meet in today’s economy, affordable child care is a must – not just for pre-K but beginning with infants. In the first three years of life a babies brain connections form at the rate of a million a second, which means that the infant who is tomorrow’s producer and consumer fueling today’s economy needs the kind of care that will help him grow to his fullest potential.
Yet in 33 of our 50 states, child care costs more than attending a state university. On a national average, a single mother must pay more than one-third of her income for it. For low income families, government assistance is available for only one-sixth of America’s eligible children.
For children in child care settings, where the highest level of professional staff is needed, the average salary is a little more than $10 an hour, making it impossible to arttract the high level of trained professional personnel needed for the job.
So where does your Representative, Senator, or prospective candidate for office stand on these issues – not just in words but in deeds? To get more information on this issue, visit www.rally4babies.org and tell them how important this issue is fo you and to the nation on election day.