OP-ED: We Need Child Care That Works for Working Families
Jamaica Plain families are breathing a collective sigh of relief that public schools reopened last week, after spending the summer scrambling to piece together childcare options that don’t break the bank.
For many, this yearly upheaval entails a costly two-month reliance on paid vacation time, camps, babysitters, and if you’re really lucky, the goodwill of grandma or grandpa. But for low-income families, the challenge of securing childcare that’s safe and affordable doesn’t go away on September 6th. Because of unpredictable and nontraditional work hours, the steep cost of care, and the state’s woefully underfunded subsidy program, it’s a year-round hardship that Governor Charlie Baker needs to address.