Politics: Obama Supports Subsidized Daycare

Babysitters of the world – prepare to be employed. “We haven’t seen anything like this — it’s big and it’s bold,” says Heather Boushey, executive director and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a left-leaning economic think tank of President Obama’s new goal for universal child care. Obama’s budget will call for tax breaks and spending initiatives for working families that would represent a commitment of more than $200 billion over 10 years.  Today demand for subsidized daycare exceeds the supply. In  Low-income parents must wait on long lists and, in many cases, they get no assistance at all. “We should hope Congress figures these issues out and passes these pieces of legislation,” says Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, a liberal research organization. “But social policy change often happens over years, not months; that’s why it’s important that the president shows not only where he stands, but where the Democratic Party stands in order to build support over time.”

Contributor: Phoebe Roe


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