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BUDGET: DSHS program helps working parents

Letter by Tiffanie Starla Coe, Tacoma on Feb. 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm with 4 Comments »
February 2, 2012 2:25 pm

Proposed cuts to the Working Connections Child Care program do not make sense to me. Families want to work so they can set a positive example for their children, and this subsidy allows them to have their children in a safe child-care environment. This little bit of help moves families towards self-sufficiency.

My friend, a single mother, is grateful she has help with the cost of her child care as she struggles to step out of poverty. Making cuts to this Department of Social and Health Services program that helps families go from welfare to work is not the direction our legislators should take.

 

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  1. tree_guy says:

    Maybe your friend could ask some other mothers to watch her child while she is at work. In return, she could watch their children on her days off. The taxpayers simply can’t afford to pick up the tab for everything. Have a good day.

  2. alindasue says:

    tree_guy,

    By your reasoning, no mother should be allowed to work full time since each one would have to have enough “days off” be available for her turn watching other children…

  3. tree_guy says:

    “By your reasoning, no mother should be allowed to work full time since each one would have to have enough “days off” be available for her turn watching other children…” alindasue

    Nope, she might be willing to watch multiple children on weekends to make up for the fact that she needs child care 5 days a week. It’s really simple when you think about it alindasue. This arrangement has worked well for decades, perhaps centuries, and it doesn’t create an additional burden for the taxpayers.

  4. LongtimeProvider says:

    The cuts in Working Connections is costing you Tree Guy.Hundreds of children lost care due to cuts. Parents were responsible for the portion of cost they could afford.These children are now in unlicensed care and worse left home alone. Unlicensed care is just that.No background check no way of knowing who is watching your child. No lesson plans, no preschool.Smoking,grabbing a beer in the afternoon, perfectly alrightfor the babysitter.First graders on up are being left home alone after school. After all it’s only 2 or 3 hours…. alone.Growing up too fast, or not at all.Raised in fear of a knock on the door. Society will pay the price

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