WASHINGTON, DC - A new nationwide poll released today reveals that, more than any other aspect of child care, parents are concerned about its quality. More than half of the parents surveyed ranked quality as their greatest concern. Cost ranked second. While parents, naturally, first associate quality with loving and nurturing caregivers, many consider specialized training of caregivers a leading indicator of quality care.
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has released Breaking the Piggy Bank: Parents and the High Price of Child Care, an extensive nationwide survey of child care prices. The report finds that parents across the United States are struggling to meet the high cost of child care. Many families face a Catch-22. They need to work to support their families. They rely on child care to go to work.
Washington, DC – Yesterday on the Dr. Phil show, America saw examples of how devastating bad quality child care can be for some children and their parents.
"Many of these child care tragedies occur because of weak child care regulations and a lack of funding to support even basic licensing, inspections, and training programs," says Linda Smith, Executive Director of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
WASHINGTON, DC - Linda Smith, leader of the nationally renowned military child care system and former child care legislative staffer for Sen. Kennedy, has taken over as the new executive director for the NACCRRA, the nation's network of child care resource and referral (R&R). Smith has been directing policy and partnerships at NACCRRA since November.