South Carolina mom arrested for leaving 9-year-old alone
I have a huge problem with the story in the article above. This lady is facing up to ten years in prison because this country does not affordable childcare. Instead of being incarcerated and punish should we as a society try to help her. She was not doing drugs or prostituting herself she had to go to work to keep a roof over her families heads and food on their table. Her only crime was that she could not afford to send her child to daycare.
In the US child care is expensive and pay is low for most jobs.
The average cost of center-based daycare in the United States is $11,666 per year ($972 a month), but prices range from $3,582 to $18,773 a year ($300 to $1,564 monthly), according to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA.
Many people cannot afford it, and due to the political shift to the right in our politics many of the funds to our social services have been reduced dramatically. Due to this reality many working people have tough choices to make. Either they quit their jobs go on welfare to take care of the children’s childcare needs. Or the go to work and leave their kids unsupervised. A third option is to bring their kids to unlicensed daycare that have no regulatory supervision. I think that this situation is criminal and needs to change.
Another issue that I have that is not so clear-cut is people saying her daughter was too young to be left alone. Was her daughter at 9 yrs old of age, too young to be left alone. When I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s it was a common occurrence for parents to leave their children unattended from a young age. My parents left me alone with my sisters and brother when we were 9 and younger.. I spent my summers left alone to my own devices when was 7. We made to our teens years safely and none of our parents were arrested for child endangerment.
So what is a working parent to do in this current environment? One thing that should not happen is getting arrested for trying to do the right thing.