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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-31-08 11:09 PM
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Something I never really thought of, not having kids myself
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Tonight I worked at my church's Monday night meal for homeless and working poor youth (defined as people under 30). Today, I sat with two young mothers, both of whom have completed community college but still come for the free meals every Monday. Why? Well, one is having trouble finding a full-time job. The other--and this surprised me--is still struggling, even though she's working as a nurse. The problem is child care. She says it takes nearly half her monthly income, especially since she doesn't have a steady shift yet and often has to work nights and weekends.

We really ought to have public day care in this country--they do in many municipalities in Japan, and the fees are based on parental income. If you're new to the workforce, the first year is FREE, and then they determine your fees by income each year.
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