Does Your Child Care Provider Have at Least a High School Diploma?


0-5 – The critical years

The science is clear; Children begin learning from birth, developing their vision, hearing, language, and cognitive functions very fast in the early years of life and especially in the first year (as seen below).

Children who receive high quality care in the first few years of life score higher in academic and cognitive tests — even a decade after. (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Report).

Who is looking after your child?
For 11 million children in America each week, the child care setting is the primary channel through which they receive the stimulation and interaction they need to develop their brain. On average, these children spend 36 hours a week in child care.

Unfortunately the key providers of this critical type of care and support are paid an average of only $21,490 (in 2013), making child care one of the lowest paying professional fields.

This makes it hard for child care centers to recruit child care professionals who have the requisite education credentials. To worsen the issue, thirty-one states require only a high school diploma or less for child care center lead teachers and forty-one states require a high school diploma or less for regulated family child care providers.

But there is hope.
With the rise of open source education, massively open online courses, and internet access in libraries, it is possible for child care professionals to develop their skills and merit higher compensation.

Providing child care is one of the most complex tasks (and as we have seen the most under-recognized). A child care provider needs to ensure the child’s safety, health, nutrition, emotional, physical well-being as well as stimulate language and thinking abilities.
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