Santa Fe has infant care shortage

October 1, 2018

There is a critical shortage of infant care in Santa Fe, with enough high-quality, center-based care for approximately 7 percent of our babies up to a year old. Child care centers report waiting lists in the hundreds.

Without a paid leave policy that pays parents to stay home, what do families do? Many rely on family, friends and neighbors. While there can be good providers in these settings, it is largely an unregulated market.

Infants need safe, nurturing and stimulating care to develop into healthy, productive adults. Infant care requires small ratios and often costly building renovations to meet safety requirements. As small businesses, child care providers simply cannot afford it. However, there is a solution. With institutional support that subsidizes the cost of rent, providers can offer care. Partners that prioritize babies and have available space could help turn the curve. If Santa Fe values our youngest, let’s create places to take care of them.

Catherine Dry

director, Santa Fe Baby Fund

an initiative, Santa Fe Community Foundation

Anne Liley

director, First Presbyterian

Child Development Center

Vote, one and all

In November, there is no more important task for us than to vote in local, state and national elections. To make sure you are registered to vote, call or go to the Bureau of Elections at the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office, 102 Grant Ave. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. You cannot register over the phone.

You can also find your voter registration information online at voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us.

Every voice matters, every vote counts. Nov. 6 is a crucial day for New Mexicans and Americans, one and all.

Connie Coates

Santa Fe

Hearing all sides

Another year and another three to four Lannan Foundation-sponsored programs are scheduled that assert Israel’s inhumanity and apartheid society. As Jews celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, the Lannan Foundation celebrated with another series that defines and supports anti-Semitism. As Kristina Harrigan pointed out in her My View (“Opening up the Lannan Foundation,” Sept. 23), these speakers pose opinions, not facts. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a shortage of speakers, and Lannan appears to have no shortage of resources to sponsor them.

At some point, after so many years of this same one-sided message, I would expect that most Santa Feans would actually tire of this prejudiced message and demand a program where both sides of a complicated and difficult story are presented. Patrick Lannan states that he supports messages that are not given enough exposure — unfortunately, an actual factual dialogue presented by two true experts would be such a rarely heard message in Santa Fe.

Robert Geller

Santa Fe

Repairing our roads

St. Michael’s Drive is a state highway, N.M. 466. The section between the old Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the St. Francis Drive exit is falling apart. If we do get a good El Niño snow year, that section of road is going to be pocked with potholes next spring. I know that repairs will be disruptive, but they are badly needed.

David Martinez

Santa Fe

Needing transparency

Here’s a question about the possible $500 billion in tariffs from China (plus whatever the amount is for other countries on which trade tariffs are being imposed) — where is the money going? If importers continue to bring in foreign goods and pay the tariffs, how is that money being delegated? Will it be used to reduce the deficit? Fund education programs? Rebuild crumbling infrastructure? We need transparency about how much money is actually being collected — and where it is going.

Denise Silva

Santa Fe

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