SUNBURY – Availability, affordability and quality. . . These are the concerns of the local branch of the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission, which focuses on the success of every child in the Commonwealth. This has been discussed several times on On The Mark, the WKOK live telephone talk show recently.
Art Thomas, president of ELIC here at The Valley, called the show up and said he believes these critical childcare and business issues can only be met with early childhood education. subsidized, either by government or employers, “I want the world to know that I’m not a fan of the Build Back Better plan in its entirety, but I’ll take a piece of it any day, which is an increase in spending on quality early learning.
He notes that employers can help solve the problem: “You can give (employees) flexible hours, you can give them flexible expense accounts for dependents. What about childcare vouchers, tuition assistance? Prices continue to rise, the economy continues to grow and the competitive needs are there for the benefit.
He says that even though increased U.S. government spending will raise taxes, he said it was necessary: “Households that earn more than the federal poverty level but less than the basic cost of living pay 21 % of their survival budget for child care – and the federal government says it should only be 7% of a budget.