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  • Introduction
  • In almost half of US states, low-income families pay more for child care than rent.("Child Care." )
  • Children can be positively or negatively affected when it comes to child care. How they are brought up will affect their future.
  • Narration (Background/Context)
  •  "Single-parent households face additional hurdles and have an urgent need for options that are both affordable and reliable." ("Child Care." )
  • "Access to child care for infants and young children is a serious concern for families in the United States. Parents’ ability to find and afford high-quality care often depends on their socioeconomic status, leading lower-income families to turn to unlicensed or unreliable options. Further, increasing numbers of middle-class families have become dual-income households, with both adults needing to work to meet the financial demands of supporting a family, rather than one parent staying at home to care for the children." ("Child Care." )
  • "Married parents who both work and single parents who work need reliable child care." (Doak,)
  • Confirmation Novel
  • Blossomin. Never thought I'd hear that shit in the same sentence as Zane."
  • "Don't say their name."
  • "Don't laugh. Ain't none of this funny ."
  • "Miss CPS: "Macy, can you let me explain? You know, Zane is doing so much better now. The Zimm-"
  • "He is really blossoming with his adoptive family--"
  • "Miss CPS laughs. "Yes, well--"
  • Child care is a big problem that we as a society need to improve. By improving that, we give children an equal opportunity for their future life. 
  • Confirmation Research Source
  • "Only about 20 percent of low-income families receive some type of federally funded assistance for paying for child care." ("Child Care.")
  • "... in 2000, 17.9% of FMLA leave takers took their leave to care for a newborn, newly adopted, or newly placed foster child; 9.8% used it to care for a sick child; and 7.8% used it as maternity or disability time." (Doak,)
  • You're income as a parent plays a big role in how well you can take care of your children.  Parents with more money are often able to give their children more opportunity. "Parents who leave their jobs do not receive benefits such as health insurance or retirement contributions from their employers and miss opportunities for promotions and raises. After the early childhood years, it can be difficult for some parents to reintegrate into the workforce." ("Child Care." )
  • Concession/Refutation
  • One could argue that your life is what you make of it, your future is based on the decisions YOU make. Not how you were raised.
  • In The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary, the protagonist's only has one parent figure in her life. Macy's mom can't provide for her and her brother with much of anything, therefor her brother is taken by CPS and put into a foster home. Although Macy was sad her brother Zane was gone, he was better off.
  • Conclusion
  • pg 195 (RAMOS,)
  • "“We should be thinking of ways to make child care more affordable for parents who need to use it, but the goal shouldn’t be to push more parents to make that choice,”..." (Richardson, )
  • "According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United States ranks significantly behind other industrialized nations in government funding allocated toward child-care subsidies, ranking below the top twenty in overall investment in early childhood education services worldwide." ("Child Care.")
  • “The estimates indicate that, on average, children who gain access to subsidized child care at earlier ages experience significantly larger negative impacts on motor-social developmental scores, self-reported health status and behavioral outcomes including physical aggression and emotional anxiety,” the researchers said." (Richardson,) 
  • There is always two sides to every topic.In this case, the characters are arguing about who is at fault when it comes to their child's future.
  • but If you are put at a disadvantage due to your up bringing then how is it your fault how much education you recieve or the kinds opportunities you have ?
  • "The affordability of child care varies significantly between socioeconomic classes. Child care comes at a high cost for working families, and families must choose between dedicating a significant proportion of their household income to child care or having one parent leave the workforce to avoid the cost of care. This can have negative effects on the long-term financial health of the family."("Child Care." )
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