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Magazines: Child Care Has It Worse

image from www.newrepublic.comThere's been lots of discussion online this past week about Jonathan Cohn's New Republic article on the chaotic and low-quality system we have for childcare in America, titled The Hell of American Day Care.

Though obviously the kids are younger and only 40 percent of them are involved, anyone taking a few minutes to read it will see a lot of similarities to K-12 education: huge variations in quality and cost depending on location and family income, low pay and limited screening for effectiveness, lack of data about program quality, political obstacles to expansion (conservatives, usually, though I'm sure some of today's reform critics would find things to object to in a national childcare program), a patchwork of state and local programs with very little national oversight, the slow pace of change:

"The United States has always been profoundly uncomfortable with the idea of supporting child care outside the home, for reasons that inevitably trace back to beliefs over the proper role of women and mothers. At no point has a well-organized public day care system ever been considered the social ideal."

Interestingly, the DoD has developed one of the few high quality childcare systems -- nearly all of its programs meet NAEYC standards, compared to 10 percent in the private sector. Head Start is narrowly targeted on the poor -- more on that elsewhere.  A broader plan passed Congress but was vetoed by President Nixon. Image via TNR.


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Child care today has grown to be harsh, to a point were you can't trust anyone to watch your child. The kids are being beaten, not feed, and unsupervised.

This is a new idea and one that I would like to see developed. If we could start a national day care program that has an earlier curriculum; it could be the solution to our k-12 problem.

Child is harsh anyway because the world we live in. To make the process a more bearable one, you must rely on referrals from trustworthy people to make the process a little more easier to swollow

This is truly a tragic story and I pray for the families involved. I completely understand the challenge of being a single working mother, as there are times I simply don't know where to turn for help. I think it’s important to get a back ground check your childcare provider. The proper credentials as well as state license to keep children, are a must have. CPR certification and first aid responding to emergencies is preferred. If I see something that's not appealing; I thank the person for their time and exit the facility. I understand how the dishes in the sink could have changed her perspective. I often give people the benefit of the doubt. Finding affordable child care is nearly impossible. The quality childcare centers are much higher priced. You might as well sit home with your children if you’re going to pay that kind of money. The inexpensive centers I toured made me want to run out as soon as I walked into the door. There was a noticeable difference in the appearance of the children in the nicer facilities; the children looked well and the inexpensive centers most of them had a runny noise. I toured at least 8 centers. The Hell of American Day Care is true. I think children are better off raised at home versus a daycare center. You also have to remember that every ones situation is not the same and only in a perfect work can this be made possible.

Child care in this day and age is horrible and if you find a good one you probably wont be able to afford it. The President has come up with ways to help people who need help. But still most of us are not qualified. I would like to see someone do something about this problem so that children can get the education the need.

Having to be a witness what my two nephews have been thru with childcare has been tough. My sibling and his fiance have two children, low income, and can barely afford the current childcare center. There have been instances where my nephew has come home with a busted lip, a busted forehead, and other small injuries that the daycare providers have no idea how the injuries occured. It's definitely not safe for the babies out here. This story is such a sad and tragic situation. :(

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