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Coping With Child Care Costs

AIR DATE: September 24, 2012

Numbers of working parents keep growing, as do the price tags of child care. A report by Child Care Aware includes Nevada as one of 35 states in which a year of child care exceeds a year of tuition at a public college. Guests weigh in on how costly it is, how many families receive state help and what resources are available to struggling households.
Marty Elquist, program manager with Nevada Child Care Resource Referral
Mike Maxwell, director of Las Vegas Urban League Child Care Subsidy Program
Grace Reef, chief of policy and evaluation with Child Care Aware of America
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    Thank you for having a great community conversation about the costs of quality childcare. Mr. Maxwell referred to United Way and we wanted to provide an update. United Way has allocated $1M dollars for tuition scholarship assistance to families with young children that were affected by state reduction in childcare assistance. WE have 14 high quality Child Development Centers (not 4) that are tracking the school readiness of the children and we are working closely with the families through our Success By 6 Family Engagement Resource Centers. We would love to participate in any follow up interviews and inform the community about the resources & community partners that are supporting quality curriculum-based preschool programs throughout the community. Our investment in early childhood educators and scholarships will greatly impact our high school graduation rates. WE are working with five local high schools through Family Engagement Resource Centers and implementing strategies that focus on supporting at-risk youth staying in school to graduate on time. Please contact Dolores Hauck @ 892-2340 or for information regarding education initiatives.
    Dolores HauckSep 21, 2012 14:34:29 PM
    Why do people have children that they cannot afford to keep, and then expect others to provide tax money to pay for their expenses? How about getting together with other parents with daycare expense issues and creating your own de facto daycare by looking after one another's kids for free? And, as usual, mother government has a hand in this: with government taking on average about 50% of every persons annual income, theres a lot less to spend than otherwise would be available.
    Tom HurstSep 20, 2012 14:25:41 PM
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