City preschools

by Brian Cihacek | Feb 21, 2013
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Summary:

I would use the funds to develop a subsidiary foundation which helps develop low cost high performing early preschools in St. Paul and works to create synergy between city departments and non-profit actors. Given that the average childcare cost for a preschool aged children for center care in the metro can run over $11,648, childcare has come to represents a significant cost for many families to the extent that parental career development is stalled (disproportionately among women) because the cost of childcare exceeds the wages earned resulting in up to a 5 year career stop. The corresponding effect is that there are less workers in the local economy and re-entering workers face significant hurdles resulting in greater use of state and local employment training programs or some workers may not re-enter the work force resulting in a decline in overall wage earning capacity in families, and by proxy, spending capacity in families. This in turn there is less overall money to support economic activity, resulting in lower tax base, resulting in either a higher tax rate or a lower service provided. To make St. Paul great, we have to make a more holistic service provision system which presents a better ROI, has short term and long term impacts, and actually addresses the current needs of families in Saint Paul and the first step is to begin to address early childhood education.

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Brian

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Cihacek

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Minneapolis

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Hennepin

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United States, MN

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Through the Citizen's League

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City preschools

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

I would use the funds to develop a subsidiary foundation which helps develop low cost high performing early preschools in St. Paul and works to create synergy between city departments and non-profit actors. Given that the average childcare cost for a preschool aged children for center care in the metro can run over $11,648, childcare has come to represents a significant cost for many families to the extent that parental career development is stalled (disproportionately among women) because the cost of childcare exceeds the wages earned resulting in up to a 5 year career stop. The corresponding effect is that there are less workers in the local economy and re-entering workers face significant hurdles resulting in greater use of state and local employment training programs or some workers may not re-enter the work force resulting in a decline in overall wage earning capacity in families, and by proxy, spending capacity in families. This in turn there is less overall money to support economic activity, resulting in lower tax base, resulting in either a higher tax rate or a lower service provided. To make St. Paul great, we have to make a more holistic service provision system which presents a better ROI, has short term and long term impacts, and actually addresses the current needs of families in Saint Paul and the first step is to begin to address early childhood education.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Moving preschool from the private sector to the nonprofit sector with is supported (tangibly and intangibly) from a city the size of St. Paul is unprecedented but has significant impacts which have not been overtly examined for overall quality of life in a city and municipal administration. Research shows a return of investment on early childcare education of between 7 to 14 dollars per dollar spent which in means that over the length of K-12 education there can be corresponding local tax reduction since the cost of education decreases. There are further impacts in public safety since early childhood education has been shown to reduce future criminal behavior and a reduction in the use of health and human service resulting a capacity to decrease cost without decreasing services.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Having city supported preschools would offer a comparative advantage for people to move to St. Paul as it can offer better work life balance for working parents, increase the quality of the local schools while decreasing educational cost and has secondary effects in crime rates and health/human service. All of this increases the quality of life and a potential local tax reduction which makes St. Paul a more attractive to live, work and shop for metro area residents

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

I think people will recognize the idea because it has a short timeline to begin to see the impacts; it represents a new understanding to the economic realities of modern families and engages the stakeholders who are impacted by the positive and negative outcomes. I think St. Paul could be leader on not only modeling early childcare but also demonstrating how to integrate service provision into a ecosystem for other cities.

apolinario sasam said: I think preschools are a great tool for molding really young minds. - James Cullem about this Competition Entry. - 2519 days ago read more >
Henz Asetri said: This could be a way to develop the educational plans that we have for the society. Making such actions that will influence the flow of ... about this Competition Entry. - 2652 days ago read more >

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