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March 18, 1999
Let's give everyone equity in child-care costs. People who decide to have children, pay for them. People who decide not to, don't. JEFFREY CONCKLIN Lawndale
April 15, 2014 | By Susan Rohwer, guest blogger
The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally , the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we've needed. “The share of mothers who do not work outside the home rose to 29% in 2012, up from a modern-era low of 23% in 1999,” Pew's new report finds. The primary reason: economics. The cost of child care and the lack of job opportunities are forcing women to stay at home rather than go back to work after having kids.
October 30, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Tens of thousands of low-income parents won't have their state-subsidized child care eliminated Monday after an Alameda County Superior Court judge delayed the program's elimination by at least one week. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger eliminated funding for the program, which serves working parents who were once on welfare but whose jobs do not pay enough for them to afford child care, when he signed the state budget earlier this month. The move was projected to save $256 million, which the governor wanted used to build up the state's reserves.
March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), the former Republican vice presidential nominee, launched an attack Monday on the nation's poverty programs, provoking an election-year confrontation with the White House amid a growing focus on income inequality. Drawing on his political roots as a student of conservative anti-poverty thinkers, the House Budget Committee chairman said many aspects of the expansion of the federal safety net since President Johnson's "War on Poverty" 50 years ago were "making it worse.
March 4, 1995
The last line of the comments by Sue Horton really caught my attention ("For Working Parents, the Hardest Job Is Finding Quality Child Care," March 1). Her assumption that employers need an attitude adjustment to recognize the need and supply child care attests to the fact that she knows not of what she speaks. My husband and I own a company in East Los Angeles that employs 275 people. We work around the clock in an industry that could not function with flex time. In addition, it is a business that has a very low profit margin, and, in fact, barely survived the recession of the last three years.
September 23, 2001
Re "The Real Cost of Child Care," editorial, Sept. 16: On Nov. 29, 1987, and January 13, 1992, The Times published editorials on the lack of viable child care for preschoolers and young children after school. The recent editorial deals with the same issue. I responded to the earlier ones with letters published by the paper; it is a sad commentary that in almost 15 years, nothing has changed. In all three, no mention is given of the extremely low pay, usually with no benefits, that the child-care employee is paid.
November 5, 1987 | ESTHER SCHRADER, Times Staff Writer
The Glendale School Board voted unanimously Tuesday to end the district's participation in the Glendale Employers Child Care Consortium because of a growing deficit. The innovative child-care program, founded jointly by the district, the city and three private firms in January, has run up a $49,000 deficit after its first nine months of operation, said Georgia McAninch, director of child development centers for the school district.
Ventura County supervisors on Tuesday will consider a request to delay switching to a four-day workweek until June 20 to give employees more time to make child-care arrangements. Although the supervisors agreed several weeks ago to rearrange most county office hours to four days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Personnel Director Ron Komers is urging the board to postpone the start date for about a month. The switch is now scheduled to begin May 23.
Most child-advocacy organizations are concerned about the welfare reform before Congress. "The idea that politicians want families to work is pretty hokey when you look at how they are taking away the safety measures that protect children," says Helen Blank, director of child care for the Children's Defense Fund. Hopes for the betterment of conditions for children were raised in 1990 when billions of dollars were authorized by Congress to help low-income working families pay for child care, improve the quality of care and expand the supply over five years.
January 21, 1998
I almost choked on my bagel when I read "Is America Ready to Care for Its Children?" (Jan. 15) on the president's child-care initiative. Why is it so hard for liberals to understand that for every dollar the government gives to one person, it has to take three dollars from someone else who has earned it? Does it make any sense to tax childless people (who may be responsibly refraining from having children and trying to save enough money to get married) to pay for the care of other people's children?
February 21, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf and Matt Stevens
A foster mother convicted of second-degree murder in the beating death of a 2-year-old girl was sentenced Friday to 25-years-to-life in state prison. Kiana Barker, 34, who had been trying to adopt Viola Vanclief in 2010, severely beat the toddler and later called 911 to report that the girl had stopped breathing, prosecutors allege. In October, a jury found Barker guilty of second-degree murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse. The case was the latest in a years-long series of problems for United Care, a nonprofit foster agency that contracted with Los Angeles County at the time of Viola's death and had placed the girl with Barker.
November 4, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
No surprise for parents: Child care costs. And it's getting costlier, a new report finds. In more than half of states, it costs families more to put an infant in a child care center than to cover tuition and fees at a public college, according to a new analysis by Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on child care access. Child care costs have surged over the past year: The average cost of putting an infant into a child care center vaulted 2.7% between 2011 and 2012, the report found.
October 13, 2013
Re "Dad is helping out more; Mom is still exhausted," Oct. 9 I am proud to be the wife of a husband who has never "helped" me with child care and housework. Instead, my husband and I have lovingly "shared" these responsibilities. Until we change our choice of verbs, child care and housework will continue to be the job of women. Judith Seki San Gabriel ALSO: Letters: Closing the wealth gap Letters: Yom Kippur War in context Letters: Another view of e-cigarettes
September 16, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Children's allergies to peanuts, dairy and other foods cost the U.S. nearly $25 billion a year, according to the first survey to come up with a comprehensive price tag for a condition that affects 8% of American kids. Researchers led by Dr. Ruchi Gupta , a pediatrician at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and a professor at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, surveyed 1,643 parents around the country who have at least one child with a food allergy.
August 21, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Ever since "Three Men and a Baby" hit the big screen in 1987, scripted shows have been exploring the hilarious aspects of bumbling men as primary caregivers. What seemed fresh, perhaps, when "Full House" debuted, now has very mixed results - though ABC Family's lame to middling "Baby Daddy" was recently given a third season, NBC's higher profile "Guys With Kids" was swiftly canceled and I don't even want to talk about what happened to "Up All Night. " Actually I do, because what happened to "Up All Night" offers a primer into the whole "perils of parenting" genre of television into which A&E's new reality show "Modern Dads" enters Wednesday.
August 21, 2013 | By Don Lee
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an unprecedented plan to boost economic growth and shore up his country's shrinking labor force - help more women return to work. About two-thirds of Japanese women leave the workforce after the birth of their first child. Most do not return for years, if ever. It's a major reason the employment rate of Japanese women is one of the lowest in developed economies, particularly among those married and well-educated. Abe's government wants to change that situation for women such as Saori Tachibana.
May 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The California Assembly approved legislation Thursday that would allow thousands of child-care workers to join unions, renewing a controversial proposal that has been vetoed by governors from both political parties. The bill (AB 641), which is estimated to cost the state tens of millions of dollars if enacted, was the subject of heated debate between Democrats and Republicans on the Assembly floor. Democrats said unionization would help improve standards for child care and boost workers' standard of living.
May 30, 2013 | By Chris Megerian and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The Assembly passed a proposal Thursday to hike California's minimum wage from $8 to $9.25 an hour over the next three years and require future increases to keep pace with inflation. Higher wages would "allow our families to provide for their children, pay their bills and give them dignity and respect," said Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville), the bill's author. The measure, which now goes to the Senate, was one of scores that lawmakers advanced as they raced to meet an internal deadline to keep legislation moving.
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