Los Angeles County, CA November 7, 2000 Election
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Child Care/ After School Programs

By Richard Melendez

Candidate for State Senator; District 29

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Infants and toddlers who get high-quality child care are more apt to graduate from high school, attend college and delay having children.High-quality, early childhood education can be an important ingredient in supporting young families. Between the hours of 3 and 6 PM is when most juvenile crimes occur. We need programs to keep our kids off the streets. Our children need to be challenged after school. After school programs are vital to working parents.
Regarding Child Care, I propose tax deductions for families with day care expenses. In addition, I propose tax credits for business who provide Child Care for their employees. Child Care is vital to a well functioning society. We must ensure that quality child care is available to the hard working men and women of this state.

After School programs are virtually non-existent. I work with children every day. I go into hundreds of classrooms every year to instruct kids about the dangers of alcohol, violence, drugs and gangs. We must make after school programs more prevalent.

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