Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Expanded Child Care Access Leads to Work.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

Landmark welfare reform in the mid-1990s adopted basic work requirements as a condition for further public assistance.

It was a dramatic national policy shift, one that overturned decades of entitlements and replaced them with the expectation of work or equivalent activities, like school. But from the very beginning, the success of true welfare reform always depended on ensuring that the transition to work was adequately supported.

Reliable child care is a major component of that. According to a recent announcement by Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, the parents of 3,000 more children are now eligible for child care subsidies. …

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