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The Seattle King County branch of the NAACP supports Prop 1A

…and these are the reasons:
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Educational equity is a moral issue.

A contributing factor to the continued growth in the education gap is the lack of affordable childcare for working parents in Seattle and too much money being spent on administrative costs and not making it to the child.

Quality childcare is out of reach for many working parents, particularly women, who are forced to choose between giving their kids to a neighbor or relative where kids may just watch TV all day or hurting their careers and futures by staying home from work or school. 

We must acknowledge the hundreds of women who run childcare centers from their homes in Seattle. Many are women of color and have immigrant backgrounds who provide parents and children with accessible care in their own neighborhoods in their home languages. 

Prop 1B only helps approximately 7% of Seattle’s children under age 5. The other 93% of Seattle’s kids will still be in unstable, haphazard preschools and childcare.  Thus continuing the disparity in education.

Prop 1B is funded for four years and calls for an oversight committee.  What happens after 4 years?

Prop 1B is a top down approach.  This approach has not worked for the past 40 years, so why should we believe it will work now?

Prop 1A takes a step towards improving racial and gender equality by improving the quality and affordability of childcare and preschool for everyone.  Out of pocket costs are capped at 10% of income without requiring new taxes.

Prop 1A is estimated to cost roughly 94% less than Prop 1B and ensures that licensed daycare providers receive quality training.

The lowered out-of-pocket costs and quality training for all providers will enable parents to assure their kids are receiving quality early education thereby leveling the field for all children.

Rita Green, MBA

Education Chair Seattle  King County NAACP

One comment on “The Seattle King County branch of the NAACP supports Prop 1A

  1. Melissa Westbrook
    October 20, 2014

    To note, there is NO oversight committee for just the preschool. Just four people (for a new, citywide program) will fold into the Families and Education levy. I’m sure their voices will be heard by the majority on that committee.

    1B is vague and confusing. Vote no.

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