Child care subsidies are investment in the economy and families

North Carolina’s Subsidized Child Care Program integrates the strengths of multiple agencies to ensure children’s needs are best met. In many counties across the state, Departments of Social Service and local Smart Start Partnerships work together, tapping DSS’s history of serving low-income families and Smart Start’s record of ensuring high quality early childhood education and care.

Unfortunately, the association that represents North Carolina’s Directors of Social Services is proposing to dismantle a system that works well to ensure children from low-income families have access to quality child care. Going against everything that science tells us that young children need to thrive, succeed in school, and become productive adults; the NCADSS recommends that the state forgo quality for quantity and pay child care providers lower than market rate fees.  

Our children need more than a place to go. They need high quality early childhood programs. According to Harvard University’s Center on the Development Child, “The science of child development tells us that significant variations in the quality of early care and education programs have the potential to produce lasting repercussions for both children and society as a whole. Evidence points to the beneficial impacts at the highest end of the quality spectrum and to detrimental impacts at the lowest end.”

The proposal is bad for North Carolina. It would hurt small businesses, take away jobs, take away local control, hold down wages, and risk the state’s economic future.

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2 responses to “Child care subsidies are investment in the economy and families

  1. Isabel Taylor

    I am frankly quite horrified by the recommendations of the ncacdss to reduce the role the the Partnership has played in supporting quality child care in North Carolina. All facts and studies from financial benefits to childhood brain development point to quality as the answer. The Partnerships for Children give ALL child care centers, regardless of their status as for-profit or non-profit or church-sponsored the support necessary to keep employees and train employees and strive for higher stars in their licenses and provide ongoing professional development. I do not know where we would be without them…back in the dark ages of child care when all that was considered was custodial care. We cannot go back! This would be disastrous for families and children and our workforce. Many teachers would be forced to leave the field, families would have to choose low quality care, and most importantly, North Carolina’s youngest citizens would be at risk. Quality cannot be forfeited for quantity! We all need to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves! Keep North Carolina in the leadership role nationwide by continuing to support what the Partnerships of Smart Start have started. The benefits cannot be underestimated.

  2. KATHY SPENCER

    I AGREE WITH YOU. I HAVE BEEN THE LEAD TEACHER/DIRECTOR FOR ALMOST 20 YEARS OF A SMALL MISSION DAYCARE. OUR MISSION, TO SERVE LITTLE ONES ( BIRTH – 3 ) WHILE THEIR TEEN MOMS FINISH HIGH SCHOOL. WE ALSO SERVE BABIES REMOVED TO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY, LIVING WITH FOSTER PARENTS.
    BACK IN THE DARK AGES( BEFORE SMART START AND YOUTH PARTNERSHIP ) I WAS UNABLE TO HIRE GOOD TEACHERS FOR THE HOURLY WAGE WAS SO LOW NO ONE WANTED TO TAKE THE JOB. WE HAD A COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUT CLASSES WERE OFFERED AS WORKSHOPS NOT COLLEGE CREDITS. NO ONE SEEMED TO CARE WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE TOOK CARE OF THE YOUNGEST CITIZEN AND THOSE THAT DID CARE WERE FEW. THEN SMART START BEGAN.
    WE FINALLY HAD A VOICE-FUNDING WITH A BONUS FOR TEACHERS WHO QUALIFIED BY TAKING COLLEGE CLASSES IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FIELD, TEACH PROGRAM OFFERING FINANCIAL AID, WAGE REWARDING TEACHERS REACHING HIGHER STANDARDS IN EDUCATION. ALMOST ALL OF THE PROGRAMS REQUIRE TEACHERS TO STAY IN THEIR PRESENT EMPLOYMENT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME.
    SO FAR IT LOOKS LIKE I AM ONLY TALKING ABOUT WHAT THESE PROGRAMS HAVE DONE FOR THE TEACHERS . THE CHANGES FOR THE CHILDREN WE SERVE BECAUSE TEACHERS HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR EDUCATION AND COMMITMENT IS INCREDIBLE. WE HAVE BEEN A MODEL FOR OTHER STATES IN OUR SERIOUS ENDEAVOR TO OFFER THE BEST IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE. WHY WOULD WE TAKE A STEP BACKWARDS WHEN WE HAVE PUSHED SO LONG AND HARD TO GET WHERE WE ARE? PLEASE RE-THINK THIS PROCESS AND CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE NURTURING AND CARE OF OUR CHILDREN -THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW

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