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Posted at 9:48 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Why D.C. shouldn't cut child-care subsidies

By Edna Ranck, Washington

Petula Dvorak’s Dec. 10 column, “Cutting D.C.’s child-care subsidy isn’t the way to fix the city’s budget,” cited many reasons for not decreasing funding for subsidized child care in the District.

But there is another important reason: the kind of care received by the very young children in the community-based organized (CBO) child-care programs. These programs hire qualified teachers and other staff to meet D.C. licensing requirements. The District Office of the State Superintendent of Education funds programs to encourage and help them to achieve national accreditation and to enable parents to locate convenient child care throughout the District.

A great deal of training is available to all CBO program staff members throughout the year. The child-care industry in the District employs hundreds of staff members who pay taxes. The D.C. Council needs to hear more from advocates of early-childhood education and Post writers about the many benefits of paying enough for subsidized child care.

The writer is a co-editor at the D.C. Association for the Education of Young Children and was project director for the now-defunct Washington Child Development Council.

By Edna Ranck, Washington  | December 13, 2010; 9:48 PM ET
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If you can't afford 'em without government subsidies keep your zipper closed or your knees together.

Posted by: Hairless | December 14, 2010 8:25 AM | Report abuse

If you can't afford 'em without government subsidies keep your zipper closed or your knees together.

Posted by: Hairless | December 14, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse


What makes you think the only people in this program are folks who "couldn't keep their zippers closed or knees together?" What if you're married and making good money, then one of you loses your job (a common occurrence in this economy)? What if one of you falls ill and can no longer work, let alone keep up with children? What if you're suddenly widowed and therefore your income has been cut in half, if not totally depleted? This subsidy program is very necessary. It's very easy to judge until you're in that situation.

Posted by: sabryan03 | December 14, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Who doesn't enjoy subsidizing other people's mistakes?

Posted by: kenk33 | December 14, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

We subsidize business, why not people? The Right's talk about caring for children and family values (whatever the hell that means) is all talk to get votes. Some of you must have had terrible childhoods. Why so bitter and angry?

Posted by: jckdoors | December 14, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

With these hard economic times daycare costs can really be rough. Now with cuts so many parents are faced with hard choices on what to do. These choices can seem overwhelming. I found seven steps to be helpful to organize all the things you have to think about with daycare. I am currently rethinking things myself with all these changes.

Posted by: DDanny | December 19, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

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