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  •  I would argue against the assertion that a (1+ / 0-)
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    a child with a stay-at-home parent will be better off than one whose parent or parents work.  It's a belief, not a fact.  Children of single parents can do just as well academically and by every other measure of health and happiness and you admit it.  You said it's more challenging for the parent - it might be -- but that does not determine outcomes for the child.  Headstart/Pre-K has been shown by research for decades already to produce better outcomes for the lives of the children who attend.  Many of the countries that outperform the US have childcare systems that kick in much earlier than our pre-K system does; at the ages of 2 and 3 children are already in day-care.  And they do better on academic measures in the intermediate and secondary grades than do children in the US.  

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