Obama’s Smart Push For Universal Pre-School
Here’s why it makes sense.
…today, fewer than three in ten 4-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program,” said Obama. “Most middle-class parents can’t afford a few hundred bucks a week for private preschool. And for poor kids who need help the most, this lack of access to preschool education can shadow them for the rest of their lives.”
Besides helping kids, the move would be a big plus for working moms and two-income families. After all, times have changed. According to the Center of American Progress, more than half of families in the U.S. had a male breadwinner and a female homemaker in 1975. That’s dropped to just one in five today.
To top it off, those without a full-time parent caretaker with kids under five spend an average of 10.1% of their household budget on childcare. It’s a tough squeeze on low-income families—defined as those making less than $1,500 per month and end up spending 52.7% of their income on child care expenses for children under the age of five.