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10/5/2006 10:49:39 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Calls Needed to Oppose 'Quality Child Care' Bill

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October 5, 2006

Wyoming--Calls Needed to Oppose 'Quality Child Care' Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

This email is to make you aware of Wyoming legislation H.B. 92, the
"Quality Child Care" bill.

ACTION REQUESTED

Please contact the task force and attend the meetings of the task
force in your area to oppose this legislation. Tell the task force
that this legislation is unnecessary and potentially harmful to
children. The cost to Wyoming taxpayers outweighs the benefit and, in
fact, studies show that sending children to daycare earlier can do
more harm than good.

BACKGROUND

Proponents of the bill believe that this program benefits children and
their parents by providing them with subsidized child care. However,
studies show that these types of programs are more costly and less
beneficial than the bill's supporters would have you believe.
Furthermore, and of more concern, is that this bill, if passed, may
provide the groundwork for passage of universal preschool legislation,
i.e. publicly funded preschool education for children 3 to 5 years of
age. Universal preschool has been used in as a strategy by proponents
in other states to pave the way for attempts at mandatory universal
preschool--essentially the lowering of the compulsory age of
attendance. These cases have failed so far, but only because of
citizens' alert and resolute action.

REASONS TO OPPOSE VOLUNTARY UNIVERSAL PRESCHOOL EDUCATION

1) Education of 4-year-olds in the public schools has been proven
ineffective. To see HSLDA's position paper on mandatory kindergarten
and early education visit:
http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000000/00000028.asp

2) Creating a program for preschoolers to attend school will likely
lead to compulsory attendance of preschoolers in the future.

3) Education of preschoolers across the state will raise everyone's
taxes.

4) This will create a "constitutional right" for families to have a
public school education for their preschoolers.

5) This preschool educational program will seek to develop
preschoolers in their "emotional, social, regulatory and moral
capacities" which is a function better performed by the parents.

You can find contact information for the task force here:
http://www.wyoqualitychildcare.org/list_taskforce/index.aspx

You can read an article about H.B. 92 here:
http://www.wyfamily.org/Unmasked.asp

You can find out where the task force is meeting in your community
here:
http://www.wyomingworkforce.org/news/articles/text_2006-09-27a.htm

In His and your Service,


Michael Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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