More headlines: Bill Bradley on Families & Children

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$2B per year for “Smart Start” preschool program

Bradley would create a $2 billion-a-year program to finance day care and other programs for the preschool children of working parents of all income levels. Modeled after a North Carolina program called “Smart Start,” Bradley’s plan would allow committees of local officials, business leaders, chilc-care workers and parents to allocate the Federal grants. The money could also be spent on counseling or education programs.
Source: Boston Globe, p. A24 Oct 8, 1999

Help children by helping their parents first

Too often we speak of children without speaking of the people who are most central to their lives, their parents. And that is a problem. You cannot talk about helping children without first helping their parents. You cannot separate one from the other. Today, despite seven years of prosperity, millions of parents are holding down several jobs just to make ends meet. Parents, rich and poor, suffer from “time poverty.” It’s not supposed to be this hard.
Source: Speech at Para Los Ninos Jun 16, 1999

Women in workplace require parental leave & day care

Women in the workplace are here to stay. The number of working mothers in this country has gone from 20% of all mothers with minor children to 60% in just twenty years. Yet our institutions haven’t adjusted. Parental leave will be a necessity, and it should be measured in years, not weeks. Genderless positions will become the norm. Corporate day care will be accepted. Female CEOs and female union leaders will raise issues the male leadership hasn’t thought of.
Source: Time Present, Time Past, p. 265 Jan 8, 1997

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