As mothers marched with strollers in Tel Aviv to protest the price of raising
children, MK Dalia Itzik (Kadima) proposed a bill on Thursday that would provide
free education and daycare for children up to age five.
In the bill,
which is also supported by Chairman of the Knesset Labor, Welfare and Health
Committee chairman MK Haim Katz (Likud), Itzik explains that the price of
state-subsidized daycare is NIS 2,300 per month, private daycare centers
cost NIS 4,000 or more, and the number of spaces in subsidized centers is
Itzik wrote: "The high price of daycare is such that many young
parents, and especially young mothers, have to leave their jobs to stay home and
raise their children." "This situation raises poverty rates, harms women's
integration in the workplace, and is a central factor in wearing out the middle
classes," she added.