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The Day Care Dilemma: Who Should Be Responsible For The Children? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, The Day Care Dilemma: Who Should Be Responsible For The Children? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. From the issue guide…

Choice #1: Parental Care Is Best
Child care is not good for young children. It weakens the influence of the family. Therefore, it is not good for our society. The government should help mothers keep their children at home.

Choice #2: Child Care for Some
In many poor families, mothers must work. Often they cannot afford good child care. Sometimes they must leave their jobs and go on welfare. The government should provide child care for poor families. It will help the children, and it is good for society.

Choice #3: Child Care for All
Child care is a public service. It should be available to everyone—just like public education. All families should be able to get child care for the children. Women are needed in the work force. The government should help them give their children the kind of care they need.

More about NIF issue guides…

NIFI’s issue guides introduce participants to several choices or approaches to consider. Rather than conforming to any single public proposal, each choice reflects widely held concerns and principles. Panels of experts review manuscripts to make sure the choices are presented accurately and fairly. By intention, issue guides do not identify individuals or organizations with partisan labels, such as Democratic, Republican, conservative, or liberal. The goal is to present ideas in a fresh way that encourages readers to judge them on their merit.

NIFI offers various materials for each of the issues it produces issue guides on. The moderator guide or “guide to the forums” for each issue is available as a free download. Discussion guides (or “issue guides”) for participants are generally available in print or PDF download for a small fee ($2 to $4). DVD’s can also be purchased for some issues for just $6, for use at the beginning of your forums to introduce the topic and approaches.

NIF issue guides and associated tools can be accessed at www.nifi.org/discussion_guides/index.aspx.

Resource Link: www.nifi.org/issue_books/detail.aspx?catID=7&itemID=268

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