New Hope Mother Voices Concerns About Child Care
Cynthia Haynes, a mother of three, voiced her concerns about child care at a meeting with U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday.
“My kids around me, we never went to child care and we wasn’t prepared for school, myself included,” said Haynes, who lives in New Hope. “When I got to school, I felt like I was in a foreign place. I didn’t want to be there and as I got older, I didn’t want to go there because I couldn’t cope with the people around me and I didn’t know how to socialize.”
Haynes voiced her concerns to Rep. Omar as she visited the School of Readiness Learning Academy in Minneapolis to talk to parents and child care providers about funding universal child care. She told parents that the child care system has been neglected for too long.
“We now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to really invest in this crucial infrastructure for our country, for our families and for our children,” said Rep. Omar.
Omar supports a plan that says families won’t have to spend more than seven percent of their income on child care and provides free Pre-K education to three and four year olds.