New child-care rules ignore realities

The Brownback administration’s new policy requiring low-income mothers to work 30 hours a week (instead of the previous 20) to be eligible for child-care assistance may sound good from the perspective of encouraging work. But it doesn’t take reality into account, argued Mary Sanchez of the Kansas City Star. “Finding affordable infant care is difficult even for middle-class families,” she wrote. “Slots for lower-income people on a subsidy are rarer still. In some rural Kansas communities, state-approved infant care is nearly nonexistent. In addition, many low-skilled workers are being offered part-time-only jobs, not more hours.” Sanchez concluded that Kansas won’t help poorer women achieve “better places in life by complicating their ability to return to work and find access to safe, quality child care.”