Elizabeth Warren’s Universal Child Care Proposal Marks A Huge Moment For Early Childhood Education and Care
Elizabeth Warren is the most prominent presidential candidate to come out in support of Universal access to child care.
Unlike some candidates who have only discussed this policy, Warren has a full fledged plan which she posted earlier today:
Warren’s plan still has local communities at the center. She writes “Local communities would be in charge, but providers would be held to high national standards to make sure that no matter where you live, your child will have access to quality care and early learning.” Warren’s plan is financied by her proposed “Ultra-Millionaire Tax asks the wealthiest families in America — those with a net worth of more than $50 million — to pay a small annual tax on their wealth.”
Passing any new tax is hard especially when Republicans control one or more of the House, Senante, or White House. That being said, this is the most realistic universal access to child care plan given that it does not completely change the current child care system. The two biggest changes are financial support to families who need it to pay for child care and newer federal standards for child care. I think every Democratic Running for President could and should support this proposal as part of their platform.
Whatever you think of for plan, this is a historic moment for early childhood education and care.
Here is how the plan is being portrayed in media headlines and videos:
from Fox News:
From the National Review: