Thank you, The Lima News, for covering local police chiefs reading to area kids highlighting possible state cuts to child care in our area (“Policy groups look to plateau child care rates”). As a pastor, I work with our congregation to make a difference for Christ and to strengthen the flock, our families and children in our communities.
The child care crisis was recently estimated by the business group ReadyNation to cost U.S. families and communities $57 billion a year in lost wages, lost business opportunity and lost taxes. While there is strong support in our population for a parent to be at home raising children full-time, family and economic realities often make that difficult or impossible.
When it is required, high-quality options are best positioned to support families and children to reach their God-given potential. Recent federal legislation has improved Ohio’s ability to offer high-quality early care and education to working parents who need it most.
Moreover, Ohio has a laudable goal to raise the quality of these programs, and proposed cuts will set us back. “Train up a child in the way they should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” according to Proverbs 22:6.
Rev. Dr. Randall J. Forester