Target: U.S. President Barack Obama
Goal: Address the impossibly high costs of child care which exceed the cost of rent in 80 percent of U.S. communities.
Child care costs exceed the price of rent in 80 percent of communities in the United States according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute. This is disturbing news considering the fact that rent prices have skyrocketed in many cities after the national housing crash. During all of this, the federal minimum wage has remained stagnant, and people are working more hours at more jobs than ever just to make ends meet.
If people can’t afford child care and have to stay at home rather than working, or if they have to spend over 30 percent of their earnings just to be able to work, how are people in poverty ever supposed to climb out? With the price of essential services this high, the American Dream has become nearly impossible. The only other option is to settle for lower quality child care, which is unacceptable to many loving parents–though at this rate, more and more will have no choice.
Many other nations keep their child care affordable with government subsidies so that their children can be nurtured by highly trained professionals and parents can go out and make enough money to provide them with a decent future. The U.S. is clearly not doing enough on this front. Sign this petition to urge United States lawmakers to invest in our children’s future by making child care affordable.
Dear President Obama,
A study on child care costs in the United States was recently released by the Economic Policy Institute with some disturbing results. It found that in 80 percent of U.S. communities, child care costs exceed the average cost of rent. In every state, the average cost of care for a 4-year-old takes up over 30 percent of the parents’ annual income. That is far too high.
Every country needs affordable child care. How is anyone supposed to get out of poverty when the only choices are to spend a huge chunk of the budget or to stay home instead of making money at a job? This is especially difficult when minimum wage is so low that workers at this level have to work multiple jobs just to survive. The only other option is to settle for lesser quality child care–something no parent wants to face.
The care of children should be the first priority for any nation. If parents can no longer survive on one income, the government needs to make sure that child care is kept affordable. Please use your power to make sure that something is done to help hardworking families take proper care of their kids and provide them with a decent future.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Airman 1st Class Hunter Brady