Father supports child care union
By: Arthur Miller, Pine Journal
To the Editor:
My child care provider is a part of my family. I have to trust that my provider has the ability and resources she needs to provide care for my 5-year-old son. I know she can’t work for less, and she knows I can’t pay any more. The Child Care Collective Bargaining Act will allow child care providers to negotiate higher reimbursement rates with Minnesota so they can continue to provide quality care parents can afford.
Home-based family providers are the most affordable option for a working parent like me. The average annual cost for center-based care is $6,000 more for an infant and $3,500 more for a 4-year-old. I want my son to get the attention that he needs, which he gets from home-based child care. My provider is able to teach him a curriculum and prepare him for school. Few of the centers in my area provide a curriculum. A union will help attract more workers to the child care profession, which will give us parents more options for home-based child care providers at a lower rate.
Parents face such a difficult decision when choosing a child care provider and a union will help ease these concerns. With a union, the providers in my area can continue to run their child care program however they feel and gain a large amount of resources to improve their business. A union will also ensure that child care providers have a safe place for our children to learn and grow by having a chance to give input to rules and regulations that are being set throughout the state and counties. Instead of constantly worrying about our children, parents like me can focus on doing our jobs.
Let’s invest in our children by investing in our child care providers.
Arthur Miller, Carlton