by Susan Richardson
If you thought walkouts were exclusively for high-school teenagers advocating for gun control, think again. The nonprofit, Minnesota Child Care Provider Information Network, (MCCPIN) is planning a statewide independent child care provider walkout on Wednesday, March 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the MN Capitol. Calling the event, “The Joy Initiative, a Day Without Child Care,” seems like a misnomer considering the timing will create havoc and chaos for parents who must leave work to gather their darlings so the provider can attend the protest.
This housewife did some checking into this organization to determine if it is truly a grassroots effort to advocate for child care providers. The results of my research indicate that this organization was created to pimp for a legislative push to place child care providers under federal control. H.F. 3773 Child Care for Working Families Act was introduced by Congressman Robert Scott (D-VA) in 2017 and is supported by Nancy Pelosi. The bill is the “Obamacare” of child care and will amend the Child Care and Developmental Block Grant of 1990 which was established to serve low-income populations. Under H.F. 3773, funding will no longer be confined to low-income populations but will include children in under-served areas and children with disabilities.
Much like Obama’s school discipline policies requiring schools to reduce racial disparities or face reductions in federal funding, H.F. 3773 prohibits suspensions, expulsions and adverse behavioral interventions in day care facilities. The bill requires states to implement a system to ensure children are not suspended or disciplined. Providers that refuse to comply will not receive funding. The dangerous learning environment these policies created in some public schools will be implemented in day care centers across the country should the bill become law.
Like Obamacare, the bill requires states to implement a payment rate and prohibits child care providers receiving financial assistance from charging more than the established co-payment. States will be required to develop and use a cost estimation model before receiving funds from the federal government which will then be dispersed to day care providers across the state.
Total cost for this monstrosity is $20 billion for fiscal year 2018, $30 billion for fiscal year 2019 and $40 billion for 2020.
“I will not be attending this walkout,” said a MN day care provider who wishes to remain anonymous. “The government has its hand in my business too deeply now and I am tired of people trying to capture attention using union tactics.”