Newton’s public schools are considered among the best in the state. In fact, the quality of its schools is one of the main reasons young families move to the city. Yet families with young kids consistently tell me they face two hurdles around their children’s education in Newton: daycare and less than full-day kindergarten. What can the city do? Community Supported Daycare. Private daycare for two working parents in Newton can cost as much as a college education! This shouldn’t have to be the case. Let’s work to create publicly supported options, partnering hand in hand with the city’s high schools, college, and senior centers to provide more reasonably priced daycare programs. These programs benefit not only families but the students and elders who participate in them.
All-day kindergarten. Yes, it has a price-tag. But given the pressures on working parents, and the need to juggle work and home life around the hours of other school-age children, let’s move toward a full-day program for kindergartens as well.
Young families are essential to the vitality of our city. They keep our schools and youth programs vibrant and full. They bring fresh ideas to our civic and social institutions, start new businesses and nonprofits, and infuse our community with enthusiasm and zeal. Let’s do all we can to make it help our young families thrive.
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