Childcare or “daycare” is one of the most commonly used resources among Americans in the United States. There are many options for childcare that parents could choose from. The cost of childcare has risen dramatically over the past year, and no one really knows who to blame for it. The average cost for one child in a childcare facility ranges from $100-$350 a week. The government offers families subsidies for childcare, but that’s only if your income is low. What about the hard working middle class families that are still struggling to pay the high cost of childcare? How will they provide childcare for their kids?
Families have many choices for childcare, ranging from in-home care, a childcare facility, an after school program or a government-funded head start program. The cost of childcare has been a very scary subject for many families and single mothers. Finding good quality daycare is very hard to come by in many cities due to the cost being so expensive. Some families aren’t able to afford childcare when they need it for their kids. “The cost and the scarcity of day care have helped create what sociologist Joya Misra calls “the motherhood penalty (Quart)”. Some families have to have only one income so that one parent could stay home to watch the kids. Single parents have to move in with their parents for help because they can’t afford the care. People shouldn’t have to quit their jobs to take care of their kids when there are multiple daycare facilities.
Paying a baby-sitter to watch your children while you are at work may seem like a smart idea and at the same time it may be cheap, but some people aren’t responsible to care after kids. They may have a good resume and background check may come up good but still, they aren’t what you are looking for. Some parents make the mistake of hiring baby sitters and while in the care of the sitter their child may come up missing. I’m not saying that all babysitters are bad, but you should just watch for whom you have watching your children. Having your child in an In-home daycare facility may not be such a great idea either. After reading the article The Hell of American Day Care, many parents vowed to not let their kids go to In-Home facilities. “Head Start is a federally funded governmental program with the explicit goal of preparing underprivileged children for primary education” (Conley). This program is another option for pre-k.
In fact, recent studies have shown that the cost of daycare in some states has exceeded the average tuition and fees of a public college. The cost per week per child is at its all-time high for childcare and that it’s making it hard for parents. Paying $100-$350 a week for childcare sounds outrageous. The cost of having an infant child in most states is higher than having a 6 year old. Most childcare facilities charge families by the kids’ ages, the younger the child, the higher the cost. Honestly, daycare facilities are making a killing because people are having babies...