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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