Here’s the Background Story:
America’s economy is changing, which means workers must adapt. Many American households have two income providers, there are more moms in the workplace, and more people take up gig jobs like Uber to pay the bills. The end result is that there’s not much time left at the end of the day.
For families, that means less time available for parents to take care of their children. There are a number of potential solutions to this problem. One of them, which is getting more consideration among working-class families, is government-assisted child care programs.
Here Are the Contributing Factors:
Ivanka Trump has paid close attention to this issue. She listens and takes notes in roundtable conversations across the nation where parents, employers and daycare providers share their views on the matter. As Ivanka states:
“It’s a travesty that we are the only country in the developed world without a policy to support parents and families. It’s an area that we just needed to do better.”
According to her research, Ivanka identified some key issues that each group has.
- Parents are concerned about the high cost of child care, which sometimes means one parent stays home full-time. This reduces potential workforce participation rates.
- Employers and their employees are largely constrained to traditional work hours that aren’t conducive to accommodating child care schedules.
- Providers must deal with carefully guiding parents through the mountains of paperwork for subsidies and grants when they apply for child care. This takes away from crucial activities like education and family time.
There are also general issues that extend to all parties partaking in child care programs. Many parents are unable to afford quality programs, caregivers often earn incomes below the poverty line and the industry as a whole is a high-risk, low-profit margin business.
Legislative forces must also be considered. Business lobbyists often advocate against federally-funded child care programs because of the taxes such a policy would impose. Additionally, companies would prefer to use child care and paid maternal leave as a recruitment incentive, not as something every citizen is entitled to.
Finally, cultural issues also play a significant role in the prevention of federally-mandated child care programs. Many Americans believe that a traditional household is the best recipe for success, so stay-at-home moms are often seen in a highly positive light. There’s also a worry among Americans that having the government pay for child care incentivizes parents to work as opposed to spending quality time with their kids.
Poll: Should the Government Assist With Child Care Expenses?
18% Voted Yes
82% Voted No
What Do You Think?
There are many intersecting variables when debating the pros and cons of a federally-funded child care program. With all of that said, do you think the government should assist with funding child care programs?
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