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Letter: Shaheen is fighting for working families

Published: 1/1/2020 12:01:39 AM
Modified: 1/1/2020 12:01:22 AM

I am writing to thank Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for listening to parents’ and advocates’ concerns about the high cost and shortage of available licensed child care slots. After hearing these concerns, Sen., Shaheen has become a co-sponsor of the Child Care Workforce and Facilities Act, bringing parents and other caregivers one step closer to not having to choose between work and child care.

The average cost of child care in New Hampshire is astounding – often higher than the annual cost of in-state college tuition. These costs, paired with the shortage of available licensed child care slots, are alarming and unacceptable.

Without adequate child care, parents are forced to choose between leaving the work force, which takes a significant toll on the local economy, and finding unlicensed care, which has the potential to negatively impact a child’s development.

This act would provide states with the funds to build child care facilities and to train, incentivize and retain child care workers. As a result, there would be more child care slots available so that more children could thrive in environments that provide a strong foundation for their successful futures.

In addition, since parents would be able to enroll their children in high-quality child care, this act would enable parents to contribute to the local economy by remaining in the workforce, thus boosting the local economy.

I thank Sen. Shaheen for her keen commitment to bipartisan solutions, and for showing strong support for New Hampshire’s working families and children.

BARBARA SOUTHARD

Bradford


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