Good childcare results in kids staying in school, increases high school graduation rates, builds better self-esteem, keeps teenage pregancy down, keeps the number of single young mothers down, keeps people out of prison – you get the message. Study after study confirms that.
It’s the education, stupid!
Of course, it’s easy for us to tell the current population of welfare recipients to just get a job and don’t live off the public dole. It’s not me who is going to benefit thirty years from now when that man is not in prison, who is a little boy in daycare today. It’s my children that benefit.
I, for one, want to live in a society that cares about education at all levels, and that includes childcare. I want to live in a society that puts more value on children than it does on nuclear missiles. That’s why, when my kids were preschool over 20 years ago, I sent them to Montessori schools, and the check for tuition that I had to write every month was one of my most rewarding bills to pay. I knew then that great early education was a sound investment for me and my children, and I know today that likewise, on a macro scale, excellent early education, which includes subsidized childcare, is an investment in the future of our country and society.