09 Apr
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Our plan for Universal Child Care

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

 
Warren for President

Our fight for big, structural change like Universal Child Care (paid for by an Ultra-Millionaire Tax) is only possible because of grassroots donors.

If you want these ideas in the national conversation, chip in for the first time to make sure Elizabeth’s voice can’t be ignored:

 


There are about a zillion ways we’ve got to expand opportunity for people across this country. But right now, I’d like to focus on just one part — and that’s Universal Child Care.

Last month in Memphis, I met Latonya, a young mother who told me what it had been like when she was working and going to college.

She struggled with child care over and over. She recalled the years in which she was often forced to choose between letting her young son babysit his even younger siblings or staying home from class and giving up her dream to build a future.

Like millions of Black women in America, Latonya faced the tough odds, made do with what she had and came out on top. Today she has an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, and a master’s degree.

But here’s the kicker. Even with all of her diplomas, all of the progress she has made, child care is still holding her back. Her youngest is five years old, and he loves his school, but it costs $400 a month. Latonya said she can’t afford it, and the cost still holds her back from taking on a better job.

How many women have this same story? How many parents are sidelined today because they can’t get decent care for their kids?

And how many kids got a worse start in school because their moms couldn’t afford pre-pre-K or couldn’t send them to the places with small classes and specialized teachers? How many of our kids didn’t make it because America wouldn’t invest in them?

We’re the richest country in the history of the planet. Access to high-quality child care and education during the early stages of a child’s life shouldn’t be a privilege reserved for the children of the rich. It should be a right for every single child in America.
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