Module 13 Assignment: Inequality and Childcare

In this module we learned about several programs which are designed to offer help to the poor and near poor. These programs include Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as Food Stamps) and Medicaid.

What if the government provided free childcare for the poor and near poor? What reasoning would the government have for providing this service? Do you think that would reduce the number of lower income Americans? Would free childcare suffer from the poverty trap? Considering all the issues, would you support offering free childcare as an additional element in the safety net? Explain your reasoning.


Criteria Not Evident Developing Proficient Distinguished Weight
Explain how lack of childcare contributes to low family incomes 3
Correctly explain the poverty trap 3
Explain the circumstances under which free childcare would and would not be subject to the poverty trap 4
Make a convincing case for or against adding free childcare to the Social Safety Net. 7
Articulation of response (citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas.) 3
Total: __/20