"There's actually no plan for early learning and child-care spaces. So it's a good job they're putting more money for prisons in the budget because we're going to need them if we don't get this early childhood right."Now, I support structured day care as an option for parents. I think a structured day care as an extension of the public school system (expanded nursery and kindergarten programs) is a good thing and something I would support whole-heartedly. I see the early exposure this has on my eldest, and I'm pleased with it. Plus, this model sates my conservative leanings - there's no new bureaucracy, no new black hole money pits created - just public schools with early childhood educators working with younger children in a school environment. Perfect.
At the same time, parents are fully qualified to raise their children. To suggest otherwise is almost political suicide.
I'd like to think this was just a partisan attack on the budget, and surely that Dr. Bennett doesn't truly believe her own rhetoric.
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