Monday, April 09, 2007
An article in today's Miami Herald reveals a pathetic reality: about 7,400 low -income working parents in Broward County, Florida, are on a nine-month waiting list for government-subsidized day care. Statewide, 45,000 remain on a waiting list. How can our state's low-wage workers hold jobs when they can't find affordable child care?
As the article points out, the long waiting list puts children at risk, because some parents who can't afford child care leave their kids with unqualified baby-sitters or neighbors. Some even have resorted to leaving them home alone. Not long ago, I wrote about our state scaling back on funding for afterschool programs.
Should it be a surprise that The Miami Herald has a front page article today on how youth gangs in Florida are spreading? Given the value our state places on child care funding, I think not.