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Provide a suggestion for one of the challenges of selecting quality childcare they shared in their initial post. 5 sentences or more.

Quality childcare is childcare that is trustworthy, and upstanding. It is also a place where you feel comfortable leaving your children all day while you’re working and earning for your household. It is so important to find a childcare facility or a babysitter that you are confident in, because if you are uncomfortable with the situation of the childcare you have, then it will add to the stress that you may already be dealing with. According to Quality Child Care, it is important to know if your child care facility are; “licensed, can be run by an individual, business, school, church or public agency, have certain hours and days for care, and can care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children” (n.d.). It is very essential that you do your homework when you are looking into childcare, and know what all of your options are.

When you find quality childcare it can mean that you have found a place that both you, and your child/children feel comfortable with. It’s a place where your child can learn, and be allowed to experience all the stages of early childhood. Great quality childcare has good communication with their families, and the staff is well trained, and has all the credentials to teach early childhood education from newborn to 5 years old.

In New York State, “In 2013, the average annual cost of center-based child care for an infant was $14,508 – 109.7 percent more than the average annual in-state tuition and fees at a public four-year college in New York” (21, October 2015). It is really expensive having a child to begin with, then you add in daycare, and it goes through the roof. The affordability of childcare in New York does depend on your economic class. I work for a Head Start program, and we serve low-income families, but we do accept a small amount of families that are “over income”. A majority of the families we serve do have daycare funding, and only have to pay a certain percentage of their daycare bill every week, depending on how much they make. When my son was a baby, I received daycare funding, and it helped me out tremendously. I was only working part-time, making minimum wage, and going to school at the same time. It was a huge stress reliever having that extra help when I really needed it. If I didn’t have the daycare funding, it would’ve cost me $95 a week for my son to attend the extended day program, which would have been most of my paycheck. Some people might think that $95 a week isn’t much compared to some daycare centers, but when you’re only making (at the time) $7.30 an hour, it is.

Some challenges about finding a quality childcare center is availability. Most often than not there will be a waiting list for a daycare that has a great reputation. If you are put on a waiting list, there isn’t a guarantee that you will able to enroll your child. Sometimes you will be lucky, and the people that are on the list in front of your child will either decline, or have already found childcare that they are comfortable with. According to Sue Shellenbarger, a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, “Slots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Infant care usually has the longest wait lists. Siblings of children who are already enrolled typically get first dibs on openings, to keep families together” (9 June, 2010). So even if you plan ahead, there is no guarantee that will be “picked” to enroll in the daycare that you were waitlisted at. It is a good idea to have some back up options in case the daycare you have your heart set on is at full capacity. It is also a great idea to have a backup in case your child becomes sick and can’t attend daycare for a day or two. Having a babysitter or family member that is willing to take a sick child can be very beneficial.

References

Children in the states factsheets 2015 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. (2015, October 21). Retrieved from http://www.childrensdefense.org/library/data/state-data-repository/children-in-the-states.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Finding quality care for your child (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://literacynet.org/svdh/familyhealth/pdfs/57806_QualityChildCare.pdf (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Shellenbarger, S. (9 June, 2010). Day Care? Take a Number, Baby. Retrieved from: https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704256604575294523680479314 (Links to an external site.)

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