As a doctor at a community health clinic, I often attend to patients who suffer from illnesses we can easily treat and cure, such as pneumonia. Tragically, around the world 15,000 children die daily from preventable causes like pneumonia and diarrhea. We know exactly how to save these lives, but we need Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner to help us do so.
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Earlier this month, the Monitor published an article about the strong possibility that the Concord School Board may finally pass a budget that includes full-day kindergarten for all our 5-year-olds. As a parent and active community member, I’m glad for the progress we’ve made on this issue in the past three years.
My girls were lucky; they had quality child care and early learning that prepared them for kindergarten. But far too many kids, especially those living in poverty, miss out on this opportunity for a brighter future because of the soaring costs of child care.
Congress should do more than just expand the Child Tax Credit. In the tax bill the Senate will vote on as soon as today, it should include an amendment from Senator Susan Collins of Maine to expand and enhance the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC), which was created specifically to help more families afford quality care.
One of the sticking points among Republicans debating their tax bill is whether to make an expanded child tax credit refundable. The decision could greatly impact whether the change helps lower and middle income families.
Right now, Congress is debating tax reform. This is a rare opportunity to provide equal opportunity for all kids.
High-quality child care helps provide all kids – especially those living in poverty – with a shot at future success.
As a parent, I know that the early years of a child’s life present a critical window for ensuring future achievement. But that window closes quickly, and children who enter kindergarten less prepared than their peers are more likely to experience academic difficulties and other challenges later in life.
In nearly half the states across the country, including here in Nevada, child care is more expensive than in-state college tuition, meaning high-quality care is out of reach for many families. That’s especially the case for those living in poverty.
There have been remarkable expansions in early childhood education in the U.S. in recent years, but young kids need a real lobbying force to rival the top influence groups, argues Mark Shriver, president of the Save the Children Action Network.