Considering the average cost of child care can be nearly half of the income of a family living at the poverty level, our government should provide child day care centers for working parents.
The Coalition on Human Needs web-site cited a report from Child Care Aware of
America saying, “child care is one of the most significant expenses in a family budget and often exceeds the cost of housing, food, transportation, and college tuition.” (Imbery, 2015) Imagine what it must be like for working parents to have to choose between child day care and the cost of food. If a …show more content…
For example, a child who doesn’t have access to vegetables will likely have severe iron deficiency leading to delayed development. If a family is spending nearly half of their income on child care costs, providing optimal nutrition is not possible.
Many mothers are choosing to stay at home with their children rather than return to the work-force because of the high cost of child care. How can a mother work if she cannot afford child care? Unless a woman is earning enough money to support the cost of child care, it is often not worth it. Women are forced to forfeit their jobs so they can care for their children themselves. What happens when that child who at one time needed full-time child care now starts school? The job that the mother resigned from is no longer available. Or, worse, the mother no longer has the skills necessary to obtain a job at the same level she had before taking herself out of the workforce. If a mother had affordable child care options available to her, she would not have to step away from her career, making it possible to continue to grow in her profession. Low-income families who have no choice but to put their children in day care