Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Elizabeth PalleyIn his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump suggested that he understood that our nation must address the child care crisis facing working- and middle-class families. He’s right that this social problem profoundly needs to be fixed.Approximately 21 percent of children in the United States live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In other words, a family of three survives on $19,000 a year, and a family of four on $24,000. These families have little to no money for child care. In 2013, the average annual cost of care for families with working mothers was approximately $7,400. In some states, it can be as high as $22,000, and in many states, the cost of infant care is more than 50 percent of the median family income.There are already some federal programs designed to meet the needs of low-income families, but they have never been sufficiently funded. Head Start only provides services to approximately 40 percent of income-eligible children. Families making two times the federal poverty line—$38,000 for a family of three—are not eligible for any federal assistance.Trump has suggested that he will support funding child care through tax benefits. Heavily influenced by his daughter Ivanka Trump, this plan would allow for standard deductions for child care expenses for the average cost of care—which according to the Trump campaign would be approximately $840 for a family of four earning $70,000. It would also allow the benefit to be included as a rebate for those receiving an Earned Income Tax Credit, enabling the amount to reach up to $1,200 per year per family.This is only a slight increase over the $1,000 they are currently able to receive. Under this proposal, families earning between $19,000 and $38,000 can expect to receive lower benefits from the tax changes than higher income families, though their child care costs are comparably high. Neither benefit will do enough to offset the actual costs of child care.These credits would be improvements, but they are unlikely to enable most families to easily shoulder the high cost of child care. In addition to a refundable tax credit of up to $1,000, our tax code already provides greater benefits to higher income families, despite the fact that they must pay the same amount for child care.Employers can already support dependent care savings accounts, which lets workers contribute up to $5,000 in pre-tax income. Trump has also proposed matching the first $1,000 for low-income families using tax-exempt child care accounts. Given the poverty that many American families already face and their difficulty in meeting basic needs such as food, shelter and electricity, implementing this idea may be very challenging. They simply may not be able to save their first $1,000.Certainly, child care in the U.S. cannot be improved without ensuring that the caretakers can make a living wage. On average, child care workers earn $10.39 an hour, 40 percent below the median wage. Fifteen percent of them live below the poverty line, and 46 percent receive public benefits themselves. These providers need a raise if they’re going to make a difference in children’s lives.If we want to improve outcomes for all children, we need to do more than just talk about the importance of high-quality child care: We need to provide adequate financial support for child care and child care providers. A good model is the program designed for the US military, which provides high-quality care to approximately 200,000 children daily. The staff at these centers must meet high standards.Both the center directors and the curriculum specialists must have at least a B.A. in early childhood education or in a related field. All workers at the centers must have at least a high school diploma or a GED. The parents of the children who attend pay for the care on a sliding scale.Workers are paid on average $15 an hour including extensive benefits packages. They receive training and further opportunities for advancement. Though it costs $700 million a year, our government has decided that for the children of people in the military, this is a good investment. Why not invest in a program that benefits all American children?Expanding tax benefits for families with children is definitely a start, but our country should do more, given the dire situation. We need a unitary national child-care policy to ensure that low-income and middle-income families have access to quality care, be it at home with their parents, or with other caregivers, or in center-based care. In a nation where 21 percent of children under 18 live in poverty, and 35 percent are being raised by single working parents, Trump’s child care solutions don’t go far enough.Elizabeth Palley, a former social worker and public interest lawyer, is a Professor of Social Work at Adelphi University.
“This one-strike policy on straybullet incidents caused by indiscriminate firing of guns resulting to death orinjury will be strictly implemented,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel JoemMalong, PRO-6 spokesperson. ILOILO City – Should there be cases ofinjuries or deaths due to stray bullets this holiday season, these should besolved within 24 hours, the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) told police unitsacross Western Visayas. Failure to crack the cases within such period wouldcost the posts of the police chiefs concerned. The PRO-6 is wary of the irresponsiblepractice of gun owners of firing their firearms to celebrate Christmas andwelcoming the New Year. The policy is contained in thePaskuhan 2019 Operational Guidelines issued by the Philippine National Policeon Nov. 22, 2019. Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan,PRO-6 director, said, “We really need to inform our general public that thereis again a need to control the use of firearms and there is such a program forthem to reach out and surrender their firearms, especially those who stilldon’t have complete documents.” But of particular concern to the PRO-6are those keeping illegal guns (not registered or homemade), according to thePRO-6 spokesperson. Lieutenant General Camilo PancratiusCascolan, Philippine National Police’s deputy chief for operations,acknowledged the effort of the PRO-6 in this campaign. It also revealed that police unitsacross the region were able to confiscate a total of 564 loose firearms in fivemonths from July 1 to Nov. 19. The PRO-6’s goal is to achieve zerostray bullet incidents this holiday season. Malong said two long-standingprograms having this goal are the police campaign against loose firearms andthe setting up of checkpoints where cops stop people and check them out. “These are more than 500 (seized loosefirearms), an initiative of the PRO-6. Most of them are from law enforcementoperations. Some were surrendered by local government units because of the lackof licenses, or by individuals who still have no permit for the said firearms,”Cascolan said. Police chiefs must devise ways toconvince gun holders not to fire their guns, she stressed. The regional police’ data showed thatfrom July to October 2019, 425 crimes were committed with the use of firearms./PN Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, spokesperson of the PRO-6. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN During the holiday season last year,the PRO-6 recorded no stray bullet incidents. Malong said this was due to themassive campaign against loose firearms and the drive encouraging responsibleownership of guns. “The police chief would be relievedfrom his post if the case is not solved within 24 hours,” Malong said. Just last month, the PRO-6 relaunchedthe “Tokhang Kontra Guinadilian nga Pusil (TKGP)” in Camp Delgado here.
RelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo has become the latest England prospect to be targeted by Nigeria.Nigeria have been running the rule over 21-year-old hotshot Ugbo who has caught the eye after making a prolific start to his loan spell at Roda JC this season.Ugbo scored his fifth goal in just eight appearances, six of which have been starts, for the Dutch side at Telstar on Friday night and Nigeria had officials at the game to watch him having stepped up their interest.Striker Ugbo was born in Lewisham, south London and is eligible for Nigeria through his parents.He has played for England at under-17 and under-20 level, helping the latter squad win the 2017 Toulon Tournament.Nigeria were dealt a blow last week when Ugbo’s Stamford Bridge teammate Tammy Abraham was recalled to the England squad when they were hoping to persuade him to switch allegiance.The Premier League’s joint top scorer Abraham has featured twice for England in friendlies against Germany and Brazil but will not be tied down until he earns a competitive cap, which could come in either of the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic or Bulgaria.Nigeria’s attempts to swoop for eligible youngsters with dual nationality show no sign of slowing down and could now continue with Ugbo, having recently persuaded the likes of Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and Chuba Akpom, who all represented England at youth level, to make the switch.Ugbo has shown admirable maturity by refusing to let a bizarre pay dispute disrupt his scoring form and is determined to continue making his mark in Holland. Tags: ChelseaIke UgboTelstar
TWO of the four teams for the upcoming STAG Elite League (SEL) League Leaders tournament have expressed a state of readiness ahead of the kickoff this weekend in Georgetown.Present during a press conference yesterday morning, both the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Fruta Conquerors FC expressed a state of readiness for the competition.Bilaal Nantambo, coach of the GDF team contended that his team know what they have to do come match day.“We have identified a formation we want to work with and we will continue to work with that because there is always room for improvement. We weren’t really interrupted by the transfer so we didn’t have a major set of reshuffling to do, just the lengthy break that took its toll,” he said.“We are just preparing ourselves. Keeping our focus so when the league starts, we will come out victorious and play the same brand of football we played last year and continue on our winning ways,” GDF captain Delwin Fraser contended.Derrick Carter, captain of Fruta Conquerors FC, stated that his team are expecting nothing short of the top prize considering the various changes that have been made.“Our preparation going into this half of the league is much better than how we prepared in the first half. In terms of experience, our team is much more boosted whilst in the first half, we were more youthful and our training session is much more intense,” Carter added.“We are gelling because most of the players returned home. Their prodigal sons are coming back home. Most of the players with the exception of Konata Mannings would have played in the first season with Fruta or played some part with the team over the years,” contended head coach David Headley.He added that there is a hunger in the camp for the trophy considering these changes, adding that fans can expect higher quality football from the Tucville side.Also present was STAG representative Colin Stuart.He noted that the company will be giving out a Gillette hamper worth $5 000 as a gate prize as well as crowd supporters will have a chance to win six packs through skill contests.“Over the first half, it (the STAG Elite League) was a success for us and we are actually looking forward to better and more support in the second half, ” he stated when questioned about the company’s views.The other two teams, Victoria Kings FC and Buxton United, were unable to make the press conference.The League Leaders tournament will begin with its first double-header, featuring Victoria Kings FC against Buxton United FC and GDF FC vs Fruta Conquerors FC (Playoff #1 and #2).This will be followed by Playoff #3 and the final which will feature Winner of #1 Playoff vs Loser of #2 Playoff on March 1 and Winner of #2 Playoff vs Winner of #3 Playoff on March 5 respectively.