in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Fold low- or no-cost early childhood education into daycare
From: Gail S., Menlo Park, CA
Early childhood education, folded into daycare and delivered by well-trained, well-paid staff at low or no cost has been shown to result in positive effects in school and throughout the person's life. Additional benefits are fewer unwanted pregnancies and fewer incarcerations. On a full-time teachers' salary, I was very stretched after paying for childcare for two. There is no way on earth a low income mom could pay the going rate for quality daycare in my area. Also, improving the hours that this daycare were available, especially the start time, would be extremely helpful. My school administrators would not make any adjustments to my schedule and start time although they could have. Every morning was close to being a mini-crisis.