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  •  Who said it was bad? (1+ / 0-)
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    It's just a question of socialism.   There is a benefit for community to pool resources to care for young children, so that the parents are available to work in the community.    There is also a benefit to community to have some visibility and influence over the quality of care that young children receive.

    I see firsthand, in my community, the costs to families and children who struggle with childcare.   I was just speaking to a parent of my child's best friend.  She had cancer, and two children under age 3 as well as an older child.   She went through a period where her husband worked and she stayed home with the kids.  Symptoms of her cancer and other conditions progressed to a point where her mental status was severely compromised, and her health status was so bad she could not get up on her feet at times.   She could not adequately care for her kids.  BUT, the kids were there with her regardless, and it is a miracle that nothing bad happened.    At one point, she had no phone (remember -- very poor), and was helpless on the floor, and she asked her three year old to walk a block by himself, to a relative's house,  to ask for help.  Too many stores like this to count.

    Even if she'd daycare, she still might have had  aproblem, because she couldn't drive to get them there (epilepsy, no car, no money for gas).  Husband left too early in the morning.

    Complex problems.  No easy solutions.   Children are the ones to suffer.

    •  I'm right there with you (1+ / 0-)
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      Preschool costs as much, sometimes more, than college in most areas. Young twentysomething families are struggling to pay that amount, even if they have good jobs, and many do not.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 10:01:30 AM PDT

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