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Schenectady County day care aid trim will hit single mothers

State finances squeeze county

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Like many single, working mothers, Kelly Miles finds herself struggling to make ends meet in the down economy. The Schenectady resident supports two children — ages 6 and 11 — on her modest salary from a full-time job at the Center for Disability Services. When her kids finish school on weekdays, she relies on a local day care provider for a couple hours until she finishes work in the late afternoon. But those hours don’t ...

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December 20, 2012
7:32 a.m.

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This shows the need for school hours to be in line with the working day. At the very least, schools should have an after hour supervised lounge where kids can stay until 5:30pm. And the schools should provide a babysitting/first aid course for older kids who could take of younger siblings at home for those few hours while they wait for a parent to come home. Or, you could easily employ a High school student 16 or 17 yr old could be paid to watch many kids at the middle school like a an after school job. When I was that age- I used to babysit 4-5 kids at a time. Surely, there are solutions. Without a true "living wage" being implemented which would also solve the affordability problem for some (not all) - I dont think we want these working families to be forced to turn to welfare.