That headline is not exactly correct! You, the American taxpayers, pay for Day Care training so refugees who have been in the country for less than five years can have “culturally appropriate” child care, and get paid to stay home with their own kids and a few others.
I’ve written about this grant program provided by the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement over the years (see one 2015 story at RRW), but a story from Iowa (hat tip: Joanne) reminds me I should tell new readers about it especially in light of news I’ve posted here since January about how just this type of taxpayer-funded day care leads to fraud.
In one case, the day care provider paid other families to pretend to drop off kids and then the provider submitted for payment an inflated number of attendees.
From KCRG in Cedar Rapids,
Catherine McAuley Center offers child care training for refugees
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) A new training course is hoping to help refugees and solve a daycare shortage at the same time.
American citizens need not apply!
The Catherine McAuley Center hosted its first training for the Refugee Child Care Program in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday. The training is only available to refugees or people granted asylum who have lived in the U.S. for less than five years.
Once people are done with the training, they will be able to open a daycare in their home and be registered with Iowa’s Department of Human Services.
Rebeca Furaha is Congolese and has lived in the U.S. for just nine months. She has been considering starting an in-home daycare business.
“I need to learn the rules and regulations in the U.S,” Furaha said.
A trained instructor helped the group go over those topics, including the necessary state paperwork needed for various age groups of children.
The entire program is eight training sessions and most go over best practices for childcare.
“And then first aid, CPR and mandatory reporting,” Refugee Child Care Coordinator Hannah Miles said.
“It works well to give some of these people an opportunity to stay home with their children, but also watch other children,” Miles said. “So, not only the provider is making money, but other parents in the community can go to their jobs outside of the home and make money.”
After the training, staff will help each refugee submit registration to DHS, and prepare for a home inspection. The center will also provide a few small business classes, where people can learn how to keep record books and do taxes.
Federal dollars from the Office of Refugee Resettlement pay for this program.
And, besides overtly discriminating against Americans, the program sets up unfair competition for those wishing to open a child care business using their own, or borrowed, funding.
Of course the federal grants for the training go to the usual refugee contractor cabal, see here.
Not mentioned in the KCRG story is that the Catherine McCauley Center got $159,196 of your money to run the program. Wonder how much that works out to per refugee day care trainee?
This is the kind of federal program I had hoped would be eliminated in a Trump administration (but then again, it might be right up Ivanka’s alley!).