The nation’s childcare community is contracting, and parents are getting dissatisfied with their inability to locate care for their children. Many parents are forced to wait months for a space at a childcare centre.
According to the Child Care Aware Of America Survey, approximately 16,000 daycare institutions in 37 states have permanently closed since the outbreak.
According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics Data, there are 100,000 fewer childcare employees than before the epidemic, placing half of the country in “childcare deserts.”
Challenge In Both Urban And Rural Regions
Parents face the same daycare challenge in both urban and rural regions.
“But when we see more closures, it will touch more and more families, and it will be a catastrophe for families and businesses with parents losing childcare,” Gregory Bender of the Day Care Council of New York said.
“Child care deserts” exist throughout New York City’s five boroughs. In some situations, municipal childcare providers opted to close unexpectedly, and the parents were the last to find out.
“It messes with the kids. It causes problems for the parents. So, it causes havoc on the employees. “It takes its toll on everyone,” said mom Melissa McDonald.
Low compensation and inadequate benefits make it difficult for childcare providers. It stay when they know they may find better chances elsewhere.
“They can go somewhere else. They may earn more money per hour at places like Target or Amazon. “But it’s not always where their heart is because their passion is with children,” said Tiffany Gladney, policy director of NC Child.
Earning At Childcare Center
According to the Economic Policy Center, the average childcare worker in the United States earns around $13.51 per hour. That works to around $30,000 per year. It is less than half of what the average American worker earns at almost $28 an hour.
According to research issued in 2020 by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, 98% of employment pay more than the child care business.
“So, how can they find that happy medium where they can support their family, their health, and their lives while still feeding their passion?” Gladney inquired.
In Washington State, Kingston’s Central Valley Child Care Center closed its doors in September, citing staffing concerns as one of the reasons for the closure. The facility posted photographs on Facebook offering free items such as books, organisers, and baskets.
Some experts believe raising salaries is the only way to stop the departure of daycare employees.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, boosting the minimum wage to at least $21 per hour would help employees maintain their jobs. And, it provides them with the financial stability they require.
However, until that happens, the country will require helping hands to nurture and care for the youngsters.
Overcome The Issue
States around the country are now working to resolve the situation. Earlier this year, the governor of New Hampshire signed a bipartisan measure directing state health and human services. It establishes a strategy for long-term childcare possibilities for working families and companies in the state.