In part one, we briefly touched on the benefits of educational child care services and how the options for working parents are limited. We began our exploration on delving into where these programs have gone and how child care has dramatically changed from how it was even 50 years ago. In today’s post, we’ll further dive into all of the childcare options parents face, and how the options are extremely narrow.
If you’re looking for affordable yet educational child care services, Community Education Research is your option in the DC area. We have three convenient locations and offer low child-to-adult ratios for an optimal learning environment. Start building an educational foundation for your child today!
Child care option: staying home – Less than 50 years ago in a family with two adults, it was a cultural norm for one of them to stay home as it also was economically feasible. Families were able to live off of one person’s income, but as things have shifted culturally as well as economically, people are no longer able to do this. In the current labor force, most parents are working regardless of the ages of their children, with 70.5 percent of mothers working.
Rising child care costs that are nearly equal to their annual salaries, doesn’t even leave room for a parent to stay home and this becomes even more disproportionate for a single parent.
Child care option: paying for childcare services
When a family with two adults decides to pay for child care services out of pocket, especially when childcare costs have dramatically increased, this places a burden on the family’s finances — while most families are unable to pay for private, high-quality child care services altogether.
In the US, half of all states’ child care costs exceed the average rent payment.
While paying for child care services out of pocket is conceivable for a small percentage of Americans, for the overwhelming majority, it is not an option.
Child care option: subsidized programs
A subsidized option often sounds like the best option for those who can’t stay home or afford private child care services, however, this option is either unavailable in some areas or providing less-than-optimal educational services. As noted in part one, only one in four children are enrolled in publicly funded programs, asking the question, where are the kids going?
Community Education Research Group
If you’re in the DC area, Community Education Research Group has made it a priority to serve our communities including Antioch, Minnesota Ave, and Good Hope Road with affordable and high-quality educational child care services. As a parent, you will no longer have to choose between staying home or paying for private child care — both which strain finances. Have your child learn with us as we guide and prepare them for their entrance into the DC public school space. We teach from the Creative Curriculum and follow DC Common Core Early Learning Standards.