"I'M VERY OPTIMISTIC," Bill Ewing says. "Child care for the first time has become a national concern of both political parties. Now that it's a bipartisan issue, it will be easier to get problems out in the open for discussion."
The Republicans and the Democrats have made child care a hot topic in the 1988 presidential campaign. Vice President George Bush has proposed a $2.2-billion program that would provide low-income families with tax credits worth as much as $1,000 for each child under 4 years old. The money could be used for private day care, or parents could keep the cash if that would make it easier for one of them to stay home to care for their children. Democrat Michael S. Dukakis favors the Act for Better Childcare Services (ABC) presently in Congress. This $2.5-billion plan would provide subsidized child care at registered family day-care providers and licensed day-care centers for children of families earning up to their state's median income ($33,200 in 1986 in California). We asked Bill Ewing to evaluate the two proposals.
THE DUKAKIS PLAN
"In general, I favor the ABC approach. It tries to help poor and unemployed parents. If it passed, I could provide space immediately to 1,000 kids on my waiting list.