New Report: Parents Want Educational Support in Child Care
September 4th, 2013 by Paul Nyhan
Parents place a premium on educational support for their infants, toddlers and preschoolers when looking for child care and at home, a new report found.
An overwhelming percentage of parents said learning activities were very important when deciding on a child care provider, second only to reliability, according to a survey released by the National Center for Education Statistics. Nearly all surveyed parents read to their children and taught them letters, numbers and words during the week, 95 percent and 98 percent respectively.
The support is the latest proof that the public understands the importance of giving children a strong start in the early years. Only last month a separate poll found voters rank investments in early education as the second most important priority for the federal government.
Despite this support, the country still doesn’t have a comprehensive system of high-quality child care. Instead, we have excellent early education systems developing in places such as Washington state, but remain far from creating a reliable system nationwide.
“What is our strange commitment to seeing care as a purely private individual act rather than one embedded in the larger community?” Kathleen Gerson, a sociologist at New York University, said in a story, “Crushed by the Cost of Child Care,” on the Opinionator blog.
But, there are encouraging signs. Sesame Street, for example, is adding science, math and even engineering to its programming, The New York Times reports.
Simple ABCs and 123s? So old school. In the last four years, “Sesame Street” has set itself a much larger goal: teaching nature, math, science and engineering concepts and problem-solving to a preschool audience — with topics like how a pulley works or how to go about investigating what’s making Mr. Snuffleupagus sneeze. — “ ‘Sesame Street’ Widens Its Focus.” 9/2/13.
Thanks to Early Years for highlighting the latest survey. Check out the blog’s story on the report, “Early Child-Care Arrangements of U.S. Children.”
While you are there, you can also read how the “Obama Pre-K Program Could Save $75 Billion.”
The report, entitled “I’m the guy you pay later,” compiled research from various states linking preschool participation and home visits to crime and further polled law enforcement officers on which types of activities would be most likely to prevent crime. — Early Years, 9/3/13.