Wisconsin: Public Daycare is the answer.

Wisconsin: Public Daycare is the answer.

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Zoe Smith started this petition to Governor Tony Evers and

         The problem that we are trying to combat in the state of Wisconsin is that many parents that can not afford the price of daycare. This is especially true to those living below the poverty line, something Milwaukee and many other Wisconsin cities know too well. Without having the money to put their child in daycare, this would cause a lot of issues, such as giving up their careers or not being able to continue further or secondary education. 

             There is no specific policy for helping single parents financially with their children. The only “policy” that comes close to financial aid for single parents is the Federal Pell Grant. This Grant helps single parents pay for college.  The Federal Pell Grant does help pay for college- but you have to work very hard for it: a year and a half of court and the college options aren’t very good. Mostly community colleges. There is also a program called the child subsidy. Each state receives funds from the federal government for a state-run child care subsidy program. These programs help low-income families pay for child care so they can work or attend school. To qualify for the child care subsidy you must have a certain income. People could be just above the number but still not be able to afford daycare and can’t get funding.  

Our goal is to change the current public policy of financial aid for single mothers and/or fathers who can either not afford private preschools or daycares in the state of Wisconsin.

         In the case that some men and women have to go to work or need to continue their education, we want to have an option to be available to parents. With an option like a public daycare or preschool, parents can have their children somewhere while they go to school or work. According to Care.com, over 70% of American families paid more than 10% of their income on care, while the U.S. defines "affordable care" only taking up 7% of their income. As of 2014, 86% percent of workers wish they had childcare benefits and only 15% of the entire workplace can afford childcare. This is a serious problem and needs t to be addressed. 

Without an option like this, low-income men, women, and families have to give up their careers or education to raise a family. The hardship is especially harder for teenage or single parents. Without being able to make a living in a situation like this, this continues the cycle of poverty:

  1. growing up in poverty
  2. barely going to school
  3. having a family at a bad financial state or as a teenager 
  4. then raising their family in poverty.

          We aim to end this cycle and instill a system to stop this from happening. We hope to establish a public preschool/daycare system in the state of Wisconsin; This system would help families in need and set up future generations for success.

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