Child care is one of the many priorities today in working parent. ¨Peace if mind is important for parents who work or go to school when it comes to their child care needs.¨ (Texas.gov)
¨Decades of research have told us too much about the critical nature of the early years, and the benefits that accrue to individuals and to society when we invest in those years for us to continue to sell our children, families, educators, and economy short."(Child Care)
¨When it comes to child care, parents shouldn’t have to choose between affordability and quality. Educators shouldn’t have to subsist on poverty-level wages in order to subsidize the costs of care.¨ (Statement from NAEYC on the Child Care for Working Families Act)
¨Every time a car pulls up outside our place my chest gets tight. Is it Daddy with flowers or a shotgun? Is it CPS with Zane AND a court order to take me to foster care?¨ (Ramos, 73)
Terrible forms of child care caused Macy to rebel (stealing the car, snatching the phone off the toilet, killing a dog, and worse), which makes Yasmin yell, making a vicious circle. Yasmin makes Macy think the terriblemess of her life is her fault.
Child care is important to people all over America. So why is the price so high?
20% of household income of lower class families is spent on child care in 2014.
¨Research suggests, however, that much formal child care in the United States is of weak quality and is associated with some modest but long-term developmental risks, especially when very young children... spend long hours in such services.¨ (Child encyclopedia)
Many people think ¨decades of research have told us too much about the critical nature of the early years, and the benefits that accrue to individuals and to society when we invest in those years for us to continue to sell our children, families, educators, and economy short.¨ (Child Care)
Macy is forced to thing the world is harsh and cruel because she wasn´t raised well. ¨´what the f**k, Zane?´ my mother says, raising her hand to hit Zane on the head. I jump up and give my mother a high five. Didn´t fool Miss CPS. She takes another note.¨ (Ramos, 75)
¨A caring environment is particularly valuable for children who experience insensitive care at home by reducing the risk of behavioural problems, serving as a protective factor and by providing opportunities for improved cognitive and language development.¨ (Child Encyclopedia)
As an increasing number of mothers are in the workforce and most children ages 3 and older now attend a child care facility on a regular basis, it has become critical that young children from all backgrounds should have access to high-quality child care and early education.
¨Research shows also that only high quality provision can deliver well-being and appropriate development to young children.¨ (Child Encyclopedia)
¨In the U.S., for example, the majority (63%) of women with children under 3 years spend time in the labour force and their children experience considerable amounts of non-maternal care.¨ (Child encyclopedia)
However, ¨Governments that see care and education as a public responsibility increasingly integrate their care and education systems and are able, in consequence, to ensure better regulation, more equitable access and provide higher quality services to all children.¨ (Child Encyclopedia)
¨And society’s investments shouldn’t create a false dichotomy between “care” and “education” for our youngest children, whose positive growth and development depends on having both.¨ (NAEYC)