Child care/children/early childhood development

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    Smartphones, social media, and kids

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon focuses on the impact of technology on children. Should Congress ban kids from owning smartphones? According to a Thursday night monologue, television firebrand Tucker Carlson thinks the answer is yes. In his nightly speech, the Fox News host inveighed against…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2019
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    Economic growth and…

    “Economic growth, while necessary, is insufficient to address many of the challenges of our 21st-century economy,” Abby McCloskey writes in National Affairs. She offers some policy suggestions to improve connections in community, make work pay, and reform entitlements to improve government finances. I don’t endorse all of them, but…
    Joseph Coletti, January 29, 2019
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    States should be able to tax services, not just stuff

    Arizona voters could choose to become only the second state to exclude services from sales taxes. One of the basic principles of taxation is to have a low rate and a broad base. [P]olicy experts warn that such a ban limits a state’s revenue-raising options and could actually be…
    Joseph Coletti, October 17, 2018
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    Should schools provide support services to students?

    Denise Superville’s Education Week article, In Some Cities, Closing Achievement Gaps Is Not for Schools to Fix Alone, examines the role of schools in providing social services to students.  She writes, The idea is that focusing on student’s individual needs in four areas—academics, health, family, and social-emotional well-being—and matching…
    Terry Stoops, September 19, 2018
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    Entitlements always expand

    Get paid now to take parental leave in exchange for deferring Social Security payments later. It sounds like a simple and “budget neutral” to help women earn more in their careers while getting their children off to a good start. Kristin Shapiro, Andrew Biggs, and others have argued on…
    Joseph Coletti, September 5, 2018
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    Poor families hurt as regulations make child care harder to find and afford

    Deregulation offers a better, lower-cost way to expand access to out-of-home childcare than larger federal government subsidies, Ryan Bourne explains at Governing online. Easing regulations would address the underlying question: “Why is child care so expensive?” Staff-child ratio rules and worker-qualification requirements, in particular, increase prices and reduce availability,…
    Joseph Coletti, August 20, 2018
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    The morality of work requirements

    “U.S. social policy is built on a foundation of values,” AEI’s Michael Strain writes at Bloomberg.com in getting to the heart of why reforming most government programs creates such heated debate.  Most discussion of work requirements, eligibility, and the costs and benefits of social programs begs the questions of personal…
    Joseph Coletti, August 10, 2018
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    Food program in search of takers

    From the headline to the details, everything about a recent North Carolina Health News story illustrates what is wrong with the way too many government programs try to help. The program in this case is the US Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, which is intended to provide…
    Joseph Coletti, August 8, 2018