Words Are Powerful
What do we mean when we use the term
Days don't need care.
Days don't require the investment of millions in taxpayer dollars to assure safe, healthy and educational care.
Days don't need hard working, trained and dedicated teachers to support their well being and development.
Days don't need teachers who must meet increasing educational achievement expectations
(while earning less than parking lot attendants).
Days don't need programs that collaborate with other systems of care such as health, Head Start or special education to provide sensible and helpful community linkages for families.
Days don't have families who need help caring for them
10 - 11 hours at a time.
Days don't need teachers who work all day and then participate in afterhours training to improve their skills.
Instead of day care say Child Care or
Early Care and Education.
Let's call it what it really is and keep the focus where it belongs!