Kamala Devi Harris, an American lawyer and politician, on a mission to reduce the burden of childcare
US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris brought legislation this week intended to align the school day with the traditional workday to reduce the burden of childcare on working families.The Family Friendly Schools Act would extend the school timing three hours more — from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During the school year and authorize $1.3 billion annually to allow more children access to summer programming. Most public schools are open for instructional time for 160-180 days out of the year. In the light of National Center for Education Statistics. This leaves parents to guess how to give upbringing to children on afternoons, weekends and holidays. Especially for low-income class, paying for the task of childcare or arranging work schedules is no less than a challenge. “The misalignment between school and work schedules puts working families through unnecessary financial stress.
A burden we know is disproportionately shouldered by Black and Latinx families and families with low incomes,” said Catherine Brown, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, in a news release.The legislation would award five-year grants of up to $5 million total to school districts to implement programs in elementary schools serving high numbers of low-income families. The grants aim to fund programs that would allow the schools to provide academic, athletic, and enrichment opportunities to students during the extended hours.Harris’s bill would allow schools to remain open during events such as parent-teacher conferences and professional development days, providing cost-free enrichment activities to students even on weekdays when there are no classes. Exceptions include Federal holidays, weekends, and emergencies. “My mother raised my sister and me while working demanding, long hours,” said Senator Harris in a statement. “So, I know firsthand that, for many working parents, juggling between school schedules and work schedules is a common cause of stress and financial hardship.”Not everyone was immediately on board.
Whoopi Goldberg, a co-host on “The View,” warned the proposal could lead to “institutionalizing” of schoolchildren — not all schools have gymnasiums or spaces for the children to escape the classrooms, she said.And Trish Zornio, a Colorado scientist and Democrat who is hoping to represent the state in the US Senate in 2020, said the better option would be for adults to “scale back the full-time work week and reduce commute time by enhancing remote work days.”One conservative blogger, Matt Walsh, warned the plan was an attempt by Democrats to “replace the family with the State.