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The Soaring Cost Of Child Care: Is It Time For Universal Subsidies?

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Massachusetts has a universal health care law, but is it time for universal child care? With the latest figures showing that middle class families are struggling to afford the soaring cost of day care, we ask: should child care be subsidized for all?


Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Wayne Ysaguirre, President and CEO of Associated Early Care and Education.

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  • Wahoo_wa

    ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! It is a choice to have a child. Those who are single or choose not to have a child or children should not be burdened by additional taxes by overly entitled parents who have made poor choices in their life!

    • Jedada

      It is not a poor choice to have children. That is an outrageous argument. I once spoke at a symposium on the Workforce and Women at a college on Boston. I spoke about the fact that women were willing to spend 5 times the amount of money for someone to clean their toilets than they were for someone to care for their children. I also warned them that childcare was a growing industry and that they could, soon, expect the greater part of their paychecks to go for that care. They gasped and argued that it was not possible for that to happen. Unless we value the children as the future of our society and value the work that their mother’s do by helping with childcare expenses, then we, as a society are headed for a very bed time economically and societally.

      • Wahoo_wa

        If one cannot afford to raise their own child without taking money from someone else it is a very bad choice indeed.

        • Jedada

          You are seriously advocating the end of society. many women work to feed their families and enjoy some comfort. Most countries help their families with child care and these countries do very well and no one feels cheated. I am sorry that you feel that helping raise the future of America is a bad choice.

          • Wahoo_wa

            Not at all I am actually promoting a responsible society.

  • J__o__h__n

    I am more than happy to pay taxes for public schools and day care for poor families who are working to join the middle class, but middle class parents should pay for their own day care.

  • J__o__h__n

    I don’t see the comparison to universal health care. Everyone will need health care at some point in his or her life so should be required to pay into it. Not everyone will have children.

  • rogger2

    I’m not sure if subsidizing childcare is the solution but something has to be done to address the ridiculously high cost of childcare in MA. Productive workers are dropping out of the workforce b/c they can’t afford childcare. I’ve got twins on the way and my take home pay will exactly cover the cost of day care for 2 infants. I love my job but it doesn’t make sense for me to continue to work.

  • ehfz

    When my mother started having children, she quit her job as a teacher and started a home daycare center and ended up making more money than she had as a teacher with the added benefit of having free childcare for her own children. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!

  • Wahoo_wa

    Considering Europe’s economy I don’t think it’s wise to use it as a shining example of what the United States should do.

  • Guest

    Perhaps if we as a

  • spudoo

    If we as a society chose to invest in shared, public, solutions to a shared problem, it may be that we could begin to develop a greater sense of the common good and common solutions. That would go a long way to addressing the selfish, “I got mine and now you go get yours yourself”, attitude expressed by callers such as Jennifer.

  • Kathy

    I’d be in favor of this as a general notion, but given that we don’t even have paid time off for childbirth, I think there’s more we could be doing that wouldn’t be nearly as difficult to pass or controversial.

  • J__o__h__n

    The investing in children argument isn’t appropriate here. These are middle class children who are already in day care as the complaints are about cost not that their children are falling behind. It isn’t fair to shift the costs to those without children.

  • Kate

    As a deliberately childless female, I wonder where we draw the line in providing financial support to parents. I am in favor of financially supporting low-income families, and of paid maternity leave because it makes the workforce stronger and I do believe in supporting families and each other, but at some point, middle and high income families should pay for their children. What subsidies or tax incentives are available for those of us who don’t want children? Must we just pay to subsidize the children of other middle or upper income people? We already offer financial incentives for getting married and having children, so unless there are studies to show that this would really improve society as a whole and not just help out people who choose to have kids, I don’t know that it’s the best use of our funds.

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