The University of Southern Maine has decided to shut down its childcare as a cost savings measure. This action is devastating for parents who depend on the local high quality childcare to allow them to pursue education. It is also a terrible message for the greater community about our collective priorities.
Personally, I believe that Governor Baldacci has to decide that he can support targeted taxes to raise revenue -- we can not continue to use the "more for less" cliche, particularly when it comes to caregiving and children!
Sign the Save USM's Childcare Petition or write a letter to the editor today!
That said, the University says there is virtually no way they'll reconsider, so perhaps our activism needs to be broader -- high quality, affordable childcare for all!