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Archive for Friday, May 7, 1993

DAY CARE COSTS

May 7, 1993

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To the editor:

I was dismayed to read the statement in your May 5 edition by SRS public information officer Tim Hoyt asking: ''Why should a (day care) provider be paid for 10 hours of care when the child is only there for eight?''

Mr. Hoyt's statement reveals that he apparently hasn't the slightest idea what the words ''business overhead'' mean. Staff wages, utility bills, and other expenses are the same whether a child leaves after eight hours or after 10. A teacher with a class of 20 doesn't take a 1/20 cut in pay when one child leaves. The utility companies don't reduce their bills for each child that departs. In other words, the teacher stays on duty and the lights and heat stay on until the last child leaves. Mr. Hoyt obviously has entirely overlooked this fact.

As a result of Mr. Hoyt's policy statement, low-income families receiving SRS assistance will be forced into 10-hour attendance in child programs in order for a provider to afford to care for their children. If they don't, the reduction in SRS assistance will force providers to replace low-income clients with private pay families who can afford the cost. The privately paying family most often pays a flat daily rate, whether the child stays five or 10 hours. Low income families should be entitled to the same flexibility.

Gail Davis, director

Children's Learning Center, Inc.

331 Maine, Suite 100.

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