Popular after-school program alters r...

Popular after-school program alters registration system

There are 20 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Aug 1, 2009, titled Popular after-school program alters registration system. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Parents Veva Abalos, left, and Laura and Joshua Bryant wait Saturday at Meerscheidt Recreation Center to register their children for the city s after-school program as Laura Bryant plays with 21-month-old Jeremiah Abalos.

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MoreMismanagemen t

Odessa, TX

#1 Aug 2, 2009
The city needs to charge what it costs to provide these programs and meet the demand. Otherwise young kids are left at home unattended while parents work.

“I Put the "B" in ITCH!!”

Since: Jun 08

Wood-Ridge, NJ

#2 Aug 2, 2009
I agree with the above caller. The city run summer program is $40 per session, pretty ridiculous, that does not cover the cost of running the program. I would certainly pay more, because there are not other viable options here in the city.
Las Crucen

Las Cruces, NM

#3 Aug 2, 2009
Get used to it. Maybe if the city manager had not used his position to make sure that his kids and the kids of his friends had a place in the summer program this would not have had to happen. It is about time the city takes a stand against this man who has been allowed to do whatever he wants.
Tony M

Las Cruces, NM

#4 Aug 2, 2009
Las Crucens need to get away from the you owe me, welfare mentality. Things cost and the costs continually rise so if you want something you have to pay. You can't constantly whine and complain how you can't afford things and wanting everyone else to pick up the tab for you. If you want your children in programs improve your status financially or stop having kids you can't afford.
You want to play you need to pay.
the right

Owens Cross Roads, AL

#5 Aug 2, 2009
yes yes yes.... let's charge more.. i have been thinking that people take the city, police, and fire for way too cheap. I think we should charge per visit of each. And if you can't pay then let the home burn. if you can't pay let your murderer go free. if you can't pay let your kid stay home alone! the market rules!!

“I Put the "B" in ITCH!!”

Since: Jun 08

Wood-Ridge, NJ

#6 Aug 2, 2009
the right wrote:
yes yes yes.... let's charge more.. i have been thinking that people take the city, police, and fire for way too cheap. I think we should charge per visit of each. And if you can't pay then let the home burn. if you can't pay let your murderer go free. if you can't pay let your kid stay home alone! the market rules!!
It is NOT the city's responsibility to take care of your children during the summer month's. If they offer a program that charges for their actual cost it will weed out those that can't/won't pay, makes room for those of us who will pay for a well-run program.
I have to agree with Tony who said if you can't afford to provide care for your children, then quit having them, easy solution.
Frances

United States

#7 Aug 2, 2009
Is documentation required that parent(s) are working/employed or is this nothing more than a taxpayer subsidized babysitting program($3 for 3 hours)?
the right

Owens Cross Roads, AL

#9 Aug 2, 2009
NJBRED wrote:
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It is NOT the city's responsibility to take care of your children during the summer month's. If they offer a program that charges for their actual cost it will weed out those that can't/won't pay, makes room for those of us who will pay for a well-run program.
I have to agree with Tony who said if you can't afford to provide care for your children, then quit having them, easy solution.
So you want to control the number of kids people can have? hmmm . I think I heard about this place before that limits families to one child?. And really it is just the families that have too many children are the ones that can't afford the care.. not the child that had a parent killed in IRAQ.. you know what ASSumptions make you!
FBI

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Aug 2, 2009
These program should be increased dramatically. Even if the cost has to be raised. The fees for private daycare are tremendous.. near unaffordable. In this city everyone assumes you receive medicare and that you receive money for childcare assistance. Sorry, but I just miss that cutoff.. so I'm paying full price, out-of-pocket. It's almost better for me to not work at all and just collect the benefits to be a bum.. and live better then working everyday!

“I Put the "B" in ITCH!!”

Since: Jun 08

Wood-Ridge, NJ

#13 Aug 2, 2009
the right wrote:
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So you want to control the number of kids people can have? hmmm . I think I heard about this place before that limits families to one child?. And really it is just the families that have too many children are the ones that can't afford the care.. not the child that had a parent killed in IRAQ.. you know what ASSumptions make you!
If a child lost a parent in Iraq there is insurance the parent pays into that would automatically go to the child, or their guardian.
Would you like to try again Einstein?
Judas

Las Cruces, NM

#14 Aug 2, 2009
The city runs these four programs, Bonar-head.

They could jack up the price and hire the staff they need if they wanted to.

“I Put the "B" in ITCH!!”

Since: Jun 08

Wood-Ridge, NJ

#15 Aug 2, 2009
Don Bonar wrote:
It's obvious to me, from the posts here, that many people don't get the difference between the city and the school system. They're not the same...
We GET it.......... Read the quote from the article.
"This is the way we're going to go for all programs - summer recreation, swimming lessons. They're going to have to, because the city's growing and gross receipts tax (revenue) is not."
the right

Owens Cross Roads, AL

#16 Aug 2, 2009
NJBRED wrote:
<quoted text>
If a child lost a parent in Iraq there is insurance the parent pays into that would automatically go to the child, or their guardian.
Would you like to try again Einstein?
ahh yes! that great insurance the military gets but not regular people. Hmmm.. ok not in iraq then.. how about on roadrunner when some moron drives too fast?.. story is the same you have NO idea what people can and cannot afford or why.
whatever-

Las Cruces, NM

#17 Aug 2, 2009
so people have a problem with city-run and paid for programs... I think people should plan better for their old age, so we don't have to pay for the free lunch programs at the centers everyday... and about those community centers that we all pay for... they are off limits to anyone else in the community during those program times... we pay, we pay, we pay... through taxes... and then can't even use the facilities most of the time... reserved only for special designated groups... or closed during times that working people could use them... whatever... I'll just look out for myself and not worry about it! LOL

“I Put the "B" in ITCH!!”

Since: Jun 08

Wood-Ridge, NJ

#18 Aug 3, 2009
the right wrote:
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ahh yes! that great insurance the military gets but not regular people. Hmmm.. ok not in iraq then.. how about on roadrunner when some moron drives too fast?.. story is the same you have NO idea what people can and cannot afford or why.
Nope I have no idea what people can and cannot afford or why, but I do know that if you can't afford children (from birth to 18) then refrain from having them. The city, state and country is not responsible for financing your child's day care. There are certain and limited conditions where I would agree that a family receive government help.
BEYOND FRUSTRATED

San Francisco, CA

#19 Aug 3, 2009
The biggest problem is there is not alot of options for childcare. the extremes are city run programs that are ridiculously cheap or "the childrens garden" type programs that are $430 a month for 3 hours a day of care. We need something in the middle...
Personally I can afford to pay 3 times what the city charges BUT i cannot afford the Childrens Garden.
BEYOND FRUSTRATED

San Francisco, CA

#20 Aug 3, 2009
Las Crucen wrote:
Get used to it. Maybe if the city manager had not used his position to make sure that his kids and the kids of his friends had a place in the summer program this would not have had to happen. It is about time the city takes a stand against this man who has been allowed to do whatever he wants.
I agree! but punish Marcel, who works for you and I, the community, NOT to punish the community that pays him to go on power trips
BEYOND FRUSTRATED

San Francisco, CA

#21 Aug 3, 2009
Another thing that was not properly represented in the article was the overall feeling of the parents enrolling. very few appreciated the lottery system. consider this....what would have happened if 70 kids were there and only 60 got in? what would have happened then? OR why was there not the popular 70 kids there to begin with? my thought is that they were so displeased with the lottery concept they found alternate child care. so the next challenge-we do not have the funding to support the program because we did not meet max capacity! OH BROTHER
Red Apple

Albuquerque, NM

#22 Aug 3, 2009
Don Bonar wrote:
Also - this story is about Assley Reeks speed. She does well as a reporter when she sticks to stories about easy, concrete subject matter - like the schools, and parents with their kids. If she writes about something even mildly complicated, she blows it every time...
Man, you just despise Ashley. Every time you post it's to rip apart Ashley or your favorite journalist of all time, Babbling Brook.

We breathlessly await the brilliance of your guest editorial. Make sure you sign it "Boner" so we all know it's you!

“I Put the "B" in ITCH!!”

Since: Jun 08

Wood-Ridge, NJ

#23 Aug 3, 2009
BEYOND FRUSTRATED wrote:
The biggest problem is there is not alot of options for childcare. the extremes are city run programs that are ridiculously cheap or "the childrens garden" type programs that are $430 a month for 3 hours a day of care. We need something in the middle...
Personally I can afford to pay 3 times what the city charges BUT i cannot afford the Childrens Garden.
I agree!!

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