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What Congress Should Do About Child Care

June 1, 2016
By Cato Institute (unsigned)

What Congress Should Do About Child Care

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President Clinton proudly announced his $24 billion child care plan in his 1998 State of the Union Address: “Nothing is more important than finding child care that is ‘affordable, accessible, and safe. It is America’s next great frontier, in strengthening our families ‘and our future.”

The facts show that the child care market per se is healthy. Child care is available, affordable, and of good quality. There is no public demand for a federal child care plan.

Congress should l resist any attempt to increase funding for child care; resist any attempt to impose federal standards on child care providers and parents; and l return child care to the state, local, or family level, as provided by the Constitution.

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