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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 11:36 AM

Won't Somebody Please (Not) Think of the Children? On the Benefits of Pre-K for Parents.

But there's a very interested party missing from this conversation, and that is parents themselves, particularly mothers who are working or would like to be. As my colleague Bryce Covert notes, pre-K "would also be hugely important in helping parents of all incomes go to work and know that their children are in good hands."

I'm not sure what research has or has not been done on this topic, but here are some fascinating things. A 2011 report from UC Berkeley's Labor Center on the "Economic Impacts of Early Care and Education in California" highlighted some important points. Having access to a dedicated, high-quality preschool can reduce absenteeism and turnover for working parents. Child care arrangements often break down, usually on short notice, which causes work absences as well as other problems. Headaches over child care issues can reduce productivity.

This is a fascinating experiment, from the Labor Center report:
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/research/child_care_report0811.pdf

A study of public employees in New York City who were provided with child care subsidies found that the employees had a 17.8 percent decrease in disciplinary action compared to a control group that did not receive the subsidy. Overwhelmingly, those in the subsidy group reported leaving work less often, concentrating better at work, being more productive at work, and using fewer sick days to deal with child care issues.


Fathers can and do stay home with young children, but women are more likely to do this. And this will impact women's existence in the labor market. The OECD shows that the wage gap is significantly higher for women with children and notes that the United States' public investment in child care (ages 0-5) is 0.4 percent of GDP, compared the average OECD of 0.7 percent. Lack of child care access also impacts whether women start businesses and whether they have career arcs that take full advantage of their talents.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:05 PM

1. Interesting

It was the first thing I thought of. They should also make school more year round.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:15 PM

2. I went to public Pre-K forty-five years ago.

My Mom was a divorced mother of four. This was in Atlanta, Georgia. Her being able to work helped our family a great deal.

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Fri Feb 15, 2013, 12:45 PM

3. This is the tact I take with Rethugs who are bemoaning this proposal

Virtually all of them have two working parents trying to make it so pointing out the economic benefits for the entire family budget seems to have the most impact.

I can cite the Perry Study and multitudes of other long term studies showing the benefits of enriched pre-K education til the cows come home and they tune that out.

But making the point about the impact on the family pocketbook seems to get through.

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