For Mother's Day: Better Child Care That Moms Can Afford

Join our "TwitterStorm" May 5 at 2 p.m. EST #ChildCareNow By Ariel Fox Johnson
Topics: Early Childhood
For Mother's Day: Better Child Care That Moms Can Afford

As the working mom of a toddler, I'm grateful for a lot of things, but high on my list is knowing that my child has safe, educational, and affordable child care. For far too many young moms, however, quality child care is out of reach, leaving kids at risk and parents to worry.

This Mother's Day, join Common Sense Kids Action and others to send a resounding message to Congress and policymakers nationwide: Invest in #ChildCareNow.

The facts are clear: Quality early care is key to kids' long-term development, but child care is unaffordable for most families. In 31 states, one year of infant child care exceeds the annual cost of college at a four-year public university. Making matters worse, child care workers are among the lowest paid workers in any profession in America. That's unfair to them, many of whom are working moms themselves, and it reduces the quality of care that’s available.

Research overwhelmingly shows that investing in our youngest children pays off. With 80 percent of brain development occurring before age 3, it is no wonder that every dollar invested in quality early education saves $7 in later expenses.

So this Mother's Day, in addition to sending a message of love to the moms we cherish, do every working mom a favor by telling our lawmakers -- loud and clear, and together -- that all moms need high-quality and affordable child care.

Join us, Thursday, May 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST for a major social media push. Tell lawmakers that investing in child care is good for kids, is good for moms, and saves taxpayers money. Use #ChildCareNow on Twitter, and encourage family and friends to join.

Learn more: Right Start Commission; Child C.A.R.E. blog post

About Ariel Fox Johnson

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As Common Sense's Senior Counsel for Policy and Privacy, Ariel advocates for smart practices, policies, and rules to help all kids thrive in today’s wired world. Her work focuses on child, teen, and student privacy,... Read more

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Adult written by kerryw

In response to the comment by FlipMcDaniel, I think everyone in the child care field and those advocating for high-quality, affordable child care would agree that Paid Family Leave is needed and should be an integral part of our system. At this moment in time, however, we need to improve the only thing we have, and that is a system that doesn't work for parents, children, or the people who care for them. I agree that the first years of life are incredibly important, so why do we require degrees of those who teach 5-year-olds, but not those who care for 0-4? Why have we decided that we will fund a system of education for children over 5, but will let our most precious babies and toddlers and their families flounder around trying to piece things together? Conceding that a lot of parents out there must work to keep their household afloat, do we think we could pass a budget for five years of paid leave at 100% salary? Seeing as though we do not even have 12 weeks of guaranteed unpaid leave for more than half of the workers in this country, I can't envision anything close to that. People need to work, children need quality, consistent care, and asking families and/or private business to shoulder that burden alone is unreasonable. I hope we can come to a point where we value the points made about what children need to address the reality of the situations families find themselves in just to make ends meet. And that includes a quality, affordable system of child care.
Parent written by FlipMcDaniel

Yes, everyone would like their child to have high quality care but, it's not the government's job to take care of your child. It's the parent's job to provide high-quality child care. At the end of the day, you're basically asking the government to take from one group of people to subsidize activities (child care) for another. There are multiple studies that indicate that children do best when raised by a mother/father that stays at home during early developmental years. The discussion should be turned around to how can we best facilitate mom/dad raising their own children and not having someone else raising them. It doesn't matter how much you pay a child care provider. They are never going to provide the same level of love and care as a mom/dad.

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