Affordable Child Care for All
The economy is down, unemployment is up and working parents are struggling to make ends meet. For those who have young children that need day care, that struggle is even harder. A study released by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) says the annual costs of child care now exceed the cost sending a child to college in several states. Parents cannot work if they have no child care provided.
With this being said, it will not be an easy journey to begin this process. There will be a lot of challenges in trying to prove my thesis statement, not all families will admit that they are financially burdened. However, it is my goal to help families speak up and get the help they need, it is a pride thing with most people. By doing this we are not only helping their family’s future, but their children’s families’ future.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the PTA,
I come to you today with a critical issue in today’s society, “The future of our children” Pediatricians will tell you that the formative years for a child’s brain development occur between the ages of 0 to 5. That’s why quality child care centers like ours throughout RI and MA provide daily opportunities for young children, even infants, to learn about the world around them. However, many parents cannot afford the fee, so they are forced to go with less structured quality care.
The average cost of center-based child care in the United States is $11, 666 per year ($972.00 monthly), According to the NACCRRA prices range from $300 -$1,564 monthly. Some cities like Boston, San Francisco and New York report higher costs, up to $2,000.00 just for infant care. Research shows that quality learning programs lead to long-lasting positive outcomes for children, including increased rates of high school graduation, college attendance and completion. Yet, just 40 percent 4-year olds in America are currently enrolled in preschool programs. We need to gather...