About 70% of young children spend their time in either house-based child care or a child care center.
There is a considerable amount of evidence that suggest that child care programs today is not what it used to be 10 or twenty years ago. However, some things have remained constant over the years. One thing for sure is that there is an influx of children going into child care programs and there is a remarkable improvement in the child care industry in terms of qualified caregivers, licensing and state-of-the-art facilities. In other words, these types of programs have proven to become very important and extremely needed by families in the United States today. As families deal with dual-careers and busy schedules, child care programs have been forced to improve to meet the consistently-growing demand.
Parents now have more choice in terms of government laws, more quality caregivers and the number of child care centers that have sprung up. It can only mean good news to parents. There still are areas for concern. For instance, child care givers are not adequately remunerated like other careers, yet they are very important when it comes to shaping the lives of our kids.
There is a consistent need for ongoing reforms to ensure programs meet federal and local guidelines. Child care providers should be there to provide great care and service to children. They should be happy and qualified. The reason there are such a high staff turnout in most care facilities is because of the poor conditions caregivers are subjected to. This in turn affects the quality of care given to the kids.
It is critically important as a family to do your research and interview, if possible, the caregivers you are considering for your child. If you have any questions, please reach out to TSL Adventures, located in Albany. We would be happy to lend assistance.
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