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Child Care Advocates Say Senate's Proposed Budget Would Hurt Kids

Aleksander Krsmanovic,

Republican Senate leaders say their budget makes proposed changes in child care that will make it more accessible to low-income Ohioans. But advocates for child cares say eliminating the state’s five-star rating system for daycares will hurt children. 

Former Republican Sen. Shannon Jones leads Groundwork Ohio, which advocates for early childhood education. She's not happy with the Senate's proposed budget, which cuts the "Step Up To Quality" program. 

“It takes the child out of child care to be quite honest," Jones says.

Jones says cities, businesses and parents have worked together to improve the quality of child care. She says the Senate’s plan focuses more on parents using child care for work support rather than providing education that helps kids succeed in school. She suggests the state tap into federal funds to increase the number of quality child care facilities for low-income Ohioans. 

Businesses have complained the lack of child care due to the pandemic has been a problem for parents who want to return to their jobs. This change made by the Senate is aimed at increasing childcare slots for low-income workers so they can return to their jobs.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.