Universal daycare expensive, unnecessary

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

Despite an apparent budget crisis headed its way, the Obama administration is planning to spend tens of billions more on what one analyst says is an unnecessary preschool program.

Burke, LindseyThe White House is planning to provide prekindergarten programs for all three- and four-year-olds at a cost of $200 billion over the next decade. Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation says this news comes on the heels of an evaluation that concludes Head Start is ineffective (see earlier story).

"There was no long-term impact [from Head Start] on a child's cognitive abilities, on their math and reading skills, on their parents' parenting practices, on their emotional well-being," the analyst lists. "Yet we're seeing the administration push yet again for more federal preschools."

She suggests that the approach should be to cut back on the excessive and wasteful programs that already exist.

"There are already 69 federal preschool and daycare programs, costing taxpayers $25 billion a year," Burke reports. "If anything, we should be going in the exact opposite direction and consolidating programs, eliminating ineffective programs, and saving some money for taxpayers."

In addition, she asserts that government intrusion will drive many private providers of preschool programs out of business.

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