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dajabr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 03:56 PM
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Dean Wants $200 Million For Child Care
Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is calling for a $200 million effort to screen new parents to make sure they're up to the task of raising children.

His proposal is modeled after one he developed while he was governor of Vermont. It calls for a visit with each mother while in the hospital, and offers a home visit if they choose.


(A little) More: http://www.theiowachannel.com/politics/2538066/detail.h...
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:02 PM
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1. This program greatly reduced child abuse in Vermont...
Edited on Tue Oct-07-03 04:02 PM by gully
I had the option for a home visit in my state also, and it was a wonderful and much needed visit for a new mom...

Go Dean!

"The governor cited his states Success By Six initiative, in which parents of every child born in Vermont receive a home visit by a state worker within two weeks of an infants birth. During the visit, the worker offers the parent a variety of services, based on the parents need. Dean said the intent is to expose parents to a friendly face who can address family concerns.

"Those who do (need help) get it starting when they're two weeks old, not when they get to kindergarten," Dean said. "By the time you get to kindergarten, you've got a tough time trying to reverse the trouble you're in."

Dean said that even though he didn't expect results immediately, Vermont has seen its child abuse rate drop 70 percent among children from birth to age 3, and 50 percent from birth to age 5. "That is an extraordinary statistic that I bet is not duplicated anywhere else in the United States," he said."

http://howard-dean-for-president.mydd.com/2004.html

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idontwantaname Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:11 PM
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5. how long has deans program been around?...
and would that be enough to really do well in cities like LA?
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LuminousX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:05 PM
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2. Is that enough?
That seems like a small number to me for something so dynamic. I'm looking forward to seeing this country led by Dean.
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:10 PM
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3. They totally mischaracterized the program
As a new mother, I would have *loved* an assist starting out, not to mention the attention. It is a non-compulsory and pragmatic program and it's effectiveness has been test marketed in Vermont!
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LuminousX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:13 PM
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6. I support the program
I just can't believe it is that cheap to implement. That is a good thing.
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KaraokeKarlton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:14 PM
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8. It's an incredibly cheap program
It doesn't cost much to run at all. My toddler got the home visit too, and I still have all the resources I got from the visit. It was great. It's not intrusive or forced, and it's fun. I love this program and would love to see it made nationwide!
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 06:00 PM
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14. In fact, Iraq costs more than that daily
I'm glad to hear of your experience. This was the most wonderful bonus attraction to discover when I first heard of Dean. I'm glad he's making this initiative a feature of his campaign.

I'm going to watch for this AP article in my local press. If they run this misleading piece, I'll write.
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Larkspur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:11 PM
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4. Even most child-free people can support this program
since it's cost effective in teaching new parents the tasks of parenting and reduces child abuse, which reduces crime rates.

I'd like to see a program for teens to teach them about the ordeal of parenting before they get pregnant, so that they would postpone parenting until they are more emotionally mature and financially stable.
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Demobrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:42 PM
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13. I'm child free and I love it.
When I'm old (not all that far off anymore) I want to live in a country populated by happy, well-adjusted, educated younger people with all the tools they need to be successful. The way I look at it, they're much less likely to hit me over the head and take my purse that way.
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DJcairo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:13 PM
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7. Cool, does he plan on getting the money from stripping Medicare
or would he get it by raising the retirement age. Oh wait, he's not for that anymore right? I'm confused.
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:19 PM
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9. From repealing Bush's tax cut remember...
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Duder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:24 PM
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10. It's probably less then...
Kerry would give to Boeing.
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dajabr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:40 PM
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12. Dean, Dean, Dean, Dean...
n/t
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gully Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 04:25 PM
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11. Thanks for the inspiration, I started a new thread in GD...
C'mon over Vermonteers and Dean fans!!!
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Pavlovs DiOgie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 09:25 PM
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15. One of the best programs I've heard about
I'd be a proud and happy American to have this program implemented nation-wide. The success rate in VT is out of this world...can you imagine it on a national scale? So simple, so inexpensive, and so valuable to our families.

Go Dean!
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revcarol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-07-03 11:16 PM
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16. If he would adopt the Kucinich proposal, the money's already there.
Look at the headline.
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