Should the $2 billion dollar stimulus from the recovery and reinvestment act work towards better education for childcare professionals along with expanding the system?
The $2 billion dollar stimulus package, part of the recovery and reinvestment act, is working to help childcare in America become more affordable and available to working parents. However, the childcare system is flawed. The class sizes are too large, there are wait-lists for most facilities, and there is a lack of educated professionals available to teach. I believe that is an important issue that needs to be taken care of but while it is being taken care of it should also improve immensely. $2 billion dollars is a great sum of money and cannot only help childcare become more available and affordable but could also help turn care centers into early childhood education centers. Having better education for the professionals working in these facilities will help transform the children and help them be more prepared for school and their future.
This Source is an institutional source. Speaker Nancy Polesi discusses the Recovery and Reinvestment act put in place by Obama February 17th. This act was put in place to save and create jobs, boost our economy, and stabilize it. This source breaks down the act into all its different parts. The reason why this article is important and related to my topic is because the act shows $2 billion dollars that are going towards child care but it does not say what specifically for but merely for there to be more child care available to parents. What about more education and beneficial childcare?
This source is an institutional source. This site breaks down the stimulus package into each section and states the purpose of it, where, and how it will be affective. This source is important, much like the previous one because it is the beginning of the movement towards a change in the childcare system. It is important to see where this money is going because it clearly points out that the money is not going towards higher education of teachers.
This source is a journalism source. This article from the Missoulian, an online news journal for the people of Montana, shares concerns about the childcare system in their state. This article points out the concerns of wait-lists, student-teacher ratios being too large, but most importantly the fact that any facilities struggle to find and keep qualified staff. With out qualified staff the entire system fails. Even if the class number is large, and the funding for equipment is low, the teaching staff if educated enough will be able to make a beneficial program. I chose this article, even though it is based out of Montana, because it shines light on issues that the majority of our states deal with.
This source is institutional. This source was extremely helpful when I was figuring out my ‘should’ question. This organization advocates the importance of early childhood education. Reading through this site it became clear to me that if these programs as so beneficial they should become more readily available. This site reveals that only 3% of eligible infants are enrolled in such education courses. This made me consider the $2 billion dollar stimulus and how that can help make more affordable early childhood education for our childcare system in America.
This source is citizen/community. A co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation wrote this article featured in the Washington post speaking about the change that she has seen from the benefits of the foundation and the need that she still sees in education. The article is titled “Education reform, one classroom at a time”. It was clear to me in this article how much the education system in America lacked. We have high fail and drop out rates and terrible funding that results in the cut of programs and teachers. This is the other major reason I believe that turning regular day care centers for working parents into more education based learning facilities by implementing higher education for program leaders is the best thing we can do with the stimulus money. Not only will it turn these programs into a more hands-on learning environment but also it will help the success rate of students as they embark on higher education.
This is an academic source. This site goes through early childhood education and stresses the importance of it. This site is geared towards mothers looking to educate their children or possibly to childcare professionals. It goes through the stages of development and what kind of learning is needed during those times. This site, audiblox, teaches the exercises needed to help a child grow and learn. These are the types of exercises that should be taught to childcare professionals. Usually (and I know this from experience, and through my audio interviews) childcare professionals do not need any higher form of education outside of high school. Workers with no higher education cannot properly teach the students in their facility. Childcare programs should not be a place where parents put their children to rot until work is over, it should be a place where their children are benefited and educated.
This is a journalism source. This article was the fist article I read the helped me form my ‘should’ question into what it is today. Stimulus funding from the recovery and reinvestment act may not be properly distributed for childcare purposes. Each state was receiving a certain amount of money for their childcare programs but some important issues were still occurring. Problems include waiting lists and reduced staff at child care centers and preschools; increasing class sizes in public schools and lack of education for childcare professionals due to budget costs. This article helped me see clearly where the problem in the childcare system was and opened my eyes to the fact that it is a funding distribution issue. The recovery and reinvestment act money cannot just be thrown at the problem; it needs to be funded properly and in the appropriate way. This is where I began advocating that the money go to not only increase the availability of childcare but to also get higher education for the professionals to create a better and more productive system.
Book: Accessed: 2/21/2010 (via Google scholar)
School reform proposals: The research evidence, 2002
Title: Early Childhood Education
Published by Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (2006)
Author: W. Steven Barnett Rutgers University Center for Early Education
This book is an academic source. This book, proves Pre-kindergarten education for disadvantaged children can greatly increase their cognitive abilities, leading to long-term increases in education. This source goes through a ‘Zero to Five Plan’, about what should be taught to children between those ages, expand early head start and head start and make it a necessity, and advocates for the providing of affordable, high quality child care. This book acts as an informative, statistical, piece of writing that is used for school reform proposals.
This source is a journalism source. Is Day Care Bad for Babies? With the way the system is today, yes. This article shows how sticking your child in daycare is not beneficial to them and actually holds them back. Children need to be interacted with and stimulated the appropriate amount for their age. Placing a small child in a care facility that does not have an educated based program will hinder their learning abilities. This article proves my point that education should be the main focus of such facilities.
This source is an academic source. The National Associate for the Education of Young Children work to improve the well being of young children. They mainly focus on the quality of education and developmental services for children from birth to the age of eight. This source is extremely active in their goals. I chose this source as an important link because their mission statement as well as the work they do help to make my ‘should’ statement a priority. They believe in educating young children and help work with developmental programs. An organization like this would work with the government to help get aid and money to go towards these programs.