Enhancing Minds and Bodies Poster

May 13, 2010

For my Enhancing Minds and Bodies poster I decided to make it relatable to college students. With finals week just around the corner I wanted to make a poster that brought awareness to the dangers of drinking energy drinks. I chose to take a simple picture to avoid distraction and have my subject front and center. For my subject I used a student studying,drinking energy drinks, and falling asleep. This is a sight that you often see around our college campus. Whether it’s a student at the library, in a coffee shop, or even alone in their house students are always pushing themselves and staying up all hours of the night. Now days students rely on caffeinated drinks to stay awake including Red Bull and Rockstar which is shown on the poster.

I chose to add a slogan and fact to this image to clarify and add depth to the message. I wanted to share a fact about the adverse effect of energy drinks on the body. My fact explains that when you consume such high amounts of caffeine your body needs a similar boost shortly after to keep working properly. If this does not happen the heart rate slows down and makes the body sluggish and in need of rest. The poster clearly shows a student trying to stay awake with energy drinks and failed because the sluggishness kicked in and took over.

I am happy with how this poster turned out.When making it I imaged all the posters that filled the halls in Allen and wondered if mine would stick out. With this in mind I worked to make it interesting, informative, and simple with the clear subject, slog, and fact. I believe that this poster would catch a students eye because it is relatable and gives an interesting piece of information that all students should know.

Blog Evaluation: Eleet Fitness on Creatine

April 15, 2010

I chose to evaluate the Eleet Fitness blog. They write about all types of fitness equipment, supplements, and trends in the athletic field. I chose this blog to evaluate because they gave a clear and concise overview of the Creatine supplement, how it is used, and the effects of it. This blog post was the most clear and informative than the other posts I read about this supplement. The post revealed that using Creatine as directed (i.e drinking plenty of water when using it, not taking it if you have kidney or renal problems due to the increased workload it may place on the liver and kidneys) should not harm the body. The audience that Eleet Fitness caters to is anyone seeking information about fitness products backed up by facts and research. The team at Eleet Fitness reaches their audience outside the blog via twitter and facebook. They also hold training programs for post-rehab, sport specific training, specialized training, and Eleet Fitness training programs. The support and promote other sport specific training companies under the “preferred providers” section of their blog. I contacted Randy Kaiser, Eleet Fitness blog contributor, and asked him a few questions specifically about the Creatine post. He shared with me that at Eleet Fitness they believe that Creatine, if used following the proper guidelines, can be a beneficial supplement (for short duration, high intensity activities) and based on the last 5-10 years of research seems not to have any long term side effects.  They do understand that there could potentially be long-term side effects from misuse or overuse as the current research doesn’t span much more than 10 years. The Eleet Fitness blog started because of their passion to get solid, science-based information out to the general public and to assist those in the fitness field in finding research articles they can trust. Randy Kaiser personally manages the blog through wordpress.  Their material is heavily screened based on a set of strict guidelines set forth by their company leaders.

http://www.eleetfitness.com/archives/2231

Child Care in America

March 13, 2010

In 2009 President Obama signed the Recovery and reinvestment act. Within that act lies a 2 billon dollar stimulus package put in place to improve the child care system and make care facilities more feasible to working parents. This package comes from the economy stimulus package worth $819 billion dollars working to save our nation from economic decline. Another $20 billion dollars of the package is going towards the renovations of elementary and secondary schools. It is clear that the government sees that not only is childcare needed now more than ever but also elementary schools and their education programs need help. However, the stimulus seems to not be working. The money is working towards more facilities and equipment but these programs just become a place where parents leave their kids to be watched over, not to be educated or stimulated.

“Everything about the system is complacent.” Says Janice Wang, former employee of the Joe Paterno School and current teacher at Beaver Acres elementary school, “the care facilities, the employees, even the government.” Janice sat down with me to explain her frustrations about working for a child care center. She, along with Madeline Barrett an employee of the Moss Street children’s center here in Eugene, both agree that because there is no real push for well educated teachers and better programs from the government and their funding that there is no change on the other end. Madeline expresses that the government cannot just “throw money at the problem”; she believes that they should look into the heart of the problem and truly see how they can help make these programs stronger and more beneficial to the children. “These employees need to know things like stranger anxiety and the stages that children go through developmentally.” Both of these women clearly stated that since these teachers are making a little above minimum wage and are not required to have a degree or further education beyond high school (depending on the childcare center) that there is no motivation to improve. Janice even further explains her frustration now being a first grade teacher. She explains that there is a clear difference between the children who have had decent interaction with parents or nanny’s and children who were stuck in day care while their parents worked to support their family.The way our education system is going the need for better education outside the classroom is growing.Our nations, as reported by the Washington Post, has high fail and drop out rates and terrible funding that results in the cut of programs and teachers. Shouldn’t this be different? Shouldn’t working parents who pay for their children to be taught and interacted with be just as successful once the reach elementary school?

This is the specific reason why Joy Young, working mother of 3, decided not to put her children in daycare. “I want my children to be learning and growing in their everyday. If I just stick them in a daycare I have no idea what exactly they will be doing when I leave them.” An article recently posted by TIME titled “Is daycare bad for babies” supports this idea. Joy’s anxieties and frustrations about what happens when she leaves her children are valid. This article talks about how these childcare centers do not education the children and is actually holding them back. The percentage of successful elementary school children who come from working parents and childcare facilities are actually lower than those who come from a more educated background. Joy further expresses her frustration by stating that having a daycare center with highly trained and educated individuals would ease her uncertainty. Luckily Joy’s job is part time working for a non-profit and she can bring her children where ever she needs to be. Although she adores being with her children every second of that day she confesses that a daycare that appropriately educated her children would relieve major stress in her life. “I want to give my children the world. If that means not using daycare and being with them myself, I will do it. I just wish there was another option for the working Mom’s out there; an option we trusted and knew would take the best possible care for our children. “

A Program that Mother’s across the country can trust in are programs such as The National Associate for the Education of Young Children that help work to improve the well being of young children.  This associate helps aid educational facilities and creates awareness through membership across the country. Their membership is so large that their pull for better early childhood education can overflow into the issues our nation faces with childcare. The government needs to meet and team up with associations such as this and others like the Children’s defense organization. This organization works towards giving children a stable education even before reaching elementary school to ensure success in today’s public education. Governmental team up’s such as these would be highly supported by teachers and other care facility owners; the need is apparent and begging to be changed.

Also something that needs to be changed is the distribution of stimulus money between states. An article posted by the New America Foundation claims that even states that are receiving the stimulus money are not distributing it properly between childcare facilities. Problems such as heavy 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 are occur in these states. This is only adding to the many problems within the system as well. Other issues arising, like in Montana, are program facilities are having a hard time hiring and keeping well-educated teachers or professionals.

The way our nation is headed with our economy and education system now more than ever we need to be focusing on the youth of our country. They will be our future and we must learn to guide them and educate them enough to survive in our world. This stimulus money cause have such a great impact on childcare and early childhood education if done properly. This money needs to be used towards highly educated professionals teaching and overseeing childcare centers as well as programs implemented to educate and stimulate children while they are there.

Sources

March 13, 2010

http://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/legislation?id=0273

Accessed: 2/22/210

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? The fact that the explanation of where the money is going is so open ended can be problematic. The government needs to know exactly where the money is going and exactly what it is doing at each other their destinations. The government might have a plan for it, but the public does not know it. After doing much research I still have yet to find a source that tells precisely how this money is going to benefit childcare programs outside of making them more available. This source clearly shows that the government needs to team up with other advocates for this cause and make the best and most beneficial plan for the childcare system.

http://readthestimulus.org/

Accessed 2/22/2010

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 extremely important in understand where our nation stands. The needs of our country are vast but it is broken down into each individual area that is receiving money from the stimulus. The complete package will use up $819 billion dollars. The need for readily available childcare will use $2billion dollars for it. Also $20 billion will be used in elementary and secondary school renovations. These two sections of the stimulus can possibly be used together to renovate not only the public schools but also the early childhood education programs within childcare facilities. Not only does this source show where the money is going but it also sheds light on where our country is headed and the need that exists. Now more than ever children need a better more stable education to become a beneficial and function member of society.

http://www.missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_4a7c8206-a5a3-11de-aa92-001cc4c03286.html

Accessed 2/23/2010

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. After doing my interviews I found this issue to be more and more of a problem. Besides having a well-educated system there needs to be highly educated professionals who have the passion and desire to be teach our youth. If care facilities cannot keep professionals to teach their programs there must be a problem that we are not seeing. If our childcare facilities were stable, supported, and beneficial to the children attending them then getting teachers and professionals to stay with and implement the program easier.

http://www.childrensdefense.org/helping-americas-children/early-childhood-education-child-care/

Accessed: 2/10/2010

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. These organizations are also highly respected and trustworthy. Some parents are hesitant on sending their children to these types of programs because they are unsure of how they will be treated and taught. This issue would be ceased due to the care and passion these organizations have for making education exactly how it should be. Organizations such as these should team up with government issued care facilities to further spread their advocacy for early childhood education. These organizations are strong and have a large network on contributors and supports that would be more than willing to team up with the government to get early childhood education a priority and readily available. This source is also great for teachers and childcare professionals to reach out to if they are not receiving the proper funding from the stimulus package.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/18/AR2010021802919.html

Accessed: 2/23/2010

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. Also receiving press about this issue from a high profile source and foundation is great for activating this cause. The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation promotes everything needing in the childcare and education system we have in American today.

http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogposts/2010/42_states_cut_aid_to_children_near_future_looks_even_worse-26145

Accessed: 1/16/2010

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. The distribution needs to be even between states to make programs more educational and hire well educated professions to be teaching the children. When this happens we might finally see a change in the system.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,964729,00.html

Accessed: 2/22/2010

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. With out a more stable educational system within these facilities children will most likely struggle in the years to come in their elementary education. The fact that there are articles with titles such as this exploit the fact that the government has failed. Programs such as these should not only be highly available to working parents across the nation but also be well structured and beneficial for the children. These children are the future of our nation. Even though our country is currently struggling economically we cannot let the education of our future leaders to go to waste.

http://www.naeyc.org/

Accessed: 2/23/2010

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. It is programs like these that must become activists and help get their goals into reality and using the government’s help. The $2 billion dollar is set aside to help childcare but associations like these should be trying to help advise and bring awareness to how this money should be spent. Also whether childcare systems get aid from this package or not the NAEYC should work to help build their programs into every care centers.

Janice Wang

Former employee of the Joe Paterno School and current teacher at Beaver Acres elementary school

Contact: 5035483118

This source was extremely helpful when doing this project. All along I had been reading articles about the child care system and how it was flawed as well as how it affects children entering early elementary education. Before speaking with Janice I had proposed the idea on my blog that all major companies such as Nike have a child care system attached to it. I thought that this would solve the problem of care unavailability and would be convenient for the parents who could even visit during their lunch hour. Janice explained to me that while working at the Poe Paterno School she saw the opposite was happening. Because their children were being taken care of at their work place parents would work extra hours and come in early because they could just drop their child off. She saw no interaction with employees and their children throughout the day and explained to me that this childcare system was just as flawed as the rest of them. This opened my eyes to the real problem; childcare systems do not need to be placed in different areas, the programs and education happening within in them needs to change. Janice also being an elementary school teacher at Beaver Acres commented on how obvious it was which children had had some form of early childhood education and how important it is these days that kids get some form of education before elementary school to aid their years to come in public school.

Madeline Barrett
Employee of the Moss Street children’s center Eugene, OR

Contact: 5035473963

I sat down with Madeline Barrett to discuss her everyday life at the childcare center where she works. This interview was interesting and informational because she works in the midst of the problem. Much like my interview with Janice I had only read news articles and heard people opinions of the childcare system and what they think would work and make it better, never speaking to someone who actually deals with the problem first hand. Why this source was extremely helpful was Madeline helping me see that the money from the stimulus package could not just be thrown at the problem. A system needs to be put in place that actually benefits the children rather than keeping them complacent. Her experience working at this children’s center showed her that the money needs to be placed in higher education of the professions so that they can create a more educated program for these kids and be better equip in knowing how to handle the developmental stages of children.

week 9

March 7, 2010

This week the most important thing about my issue is urgency. I have been researching this topic for the past 10 weeks and have yet to see any change. Every article I read from my google alerts merely talk about how things need to be changed, not how to change or them or what is being changed. This money from the stimulus package is not beneficial, not working, and frankly a bit mysterious. I have yet to read an article about this money being put to use. Every week, month, and year that passes mark a time that kids could be educated. There are only a few short years where kids are in childcare before they begin elementary school. If nothing is being done the kids that are at that age now are not being benefited. The point of the recovery and reinvestment act was to jump start education, economy, healthcare, (ect.) but childcare education has not been started yet. This package may in some way be benefitting a small group that is not advertised , but from what I see my assumptions are correct.

week 8

February 26, 2010

My issue became more important to me this week after I did my last and final interview. I decided to sit down with a real life busy mother who would be benefitting from better childcare. I spent almost the entire day with this mother of 3 and truly realized how busy her life actually is. From changing diapers and making lunches to making up games and taking all of them to the store, I do not know how she gets anything else done. This mother tired using childcare because of her busy life but the she found it to be extremely disappointed and not a place she wished to put her children. She spoke of dirty facilities, uninterested teachers, her worries about her children’s extreme allergies and if there would be someone paying attention to them at all times. Childcare with highly educated professionals with clean classrooms is something that this mother wishes was available to her. This issue needs to be addressed because there are more families out there much like this one who desperately need help during their day, and need a safe place to put their children

Should the $2 billion dollar stimulus from the recovery and reinvestment act work towards better education for childcare professionals along with expanding the system?

February 23, 2010

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.

http://www.speaker.gov/newsroom/legislation?id=0273

Accessed: 2/22/210

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?

http://readthestimulus.org/

Accessed 2/22/2010

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.

http://www.missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_4a7c8206-a5a3-11de-aa92-001cc4c03286.html

Accessed 2/23/2010

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.

http://www.childrensdefense.org/helping-americas-children/early-childhood-education-child-care/

Accessed: 2/10/2010

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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/18/AR2010021802919.html

Accessed: 2/23/2010

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.

http://www.learninginfo.org/early-childhood-education.htm

Accessed: 2/23/2010

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.

http://earlyed.newamerica.net/blogposts/2010/42_states_cut_aid_to_children_near_future_looks_even_worse-26145

Accessed: 1/16/2010

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.

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,964729,00.html

Accessed: 2/22/2010

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.

http://www.naeyc.org/

Accessed: 2/23/2010

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.

What’s important about my issue?

February 20, 2010

This being week 7 I have finally found the importance of my issue. For a while I was trying to research different ways daycare centers in America could thrive and I finally found it: The stimulus money should be put toward higher education for the childcare professionals and teachers instead of facilities and equipment. I think that the 2 billion dollar stimulus package should go toward educating the professional in this field. If the class sizes are big, the children are acting up, and the programs is weak, it does not matter if there is a well educated teacher. These programs that are facilitated in these care centers aren’t educated the children , they are keeping them occupied until their parents get done with work. Child care centers can turn into early education programs and can actually become beneficial to the children and parents.

What’s important about my issue this week…

February 9, 2010

For the past 5 weeks I have been reading every article that comes my way regarding the childcare system in America. Through out my research I have found two major points. The first point is merely regarding how great this new stimulus package is and how much it is going to benefit working parents. These articles give statistic that show how desperate our nation is for a decent childcare system and praise the recovery and reinvestment act for helping implement this. The other point has become the most important information around my issue. This point is that money from the Recovery and Reinvestment stimulus is doing no good. The problem amongst most child care programs isn’t that they need money for better equipment and real-estate (although sometimes this is also an issue) but it is for more teachers, more educated professionals to lead such programs and facilities. This is the issue that I discussed in my audio interview and the issue I will further be exploring for the duration of my project.

Should the Recovery and Investment act put child care funds to use with in-house childcare for businesses along side public day care?

January 29, 2010

This imagine was posted in the news section of the Recovery and Reinvestment act’s official website. Febuary 17th 2009 was the memorable day when president Obama signed this act. This $787 billion stimulus package was put in place to jump-start the economy to create and save jobs. The Act’s purpose was to create a wide range of federal programs, Medicaid, unemployment compensation, and nutrition assistance programs. The most important part,the focus of my topic, is the $2 billion dollar stimulus that the act provides to day care facilities. This stimulus is suppose to come to the rescue of working parents who are unable to pay to send their children to day care and early education facilities. I find this to be extremely important in our current economy. Before this act was put in place, some parents could not afford to send their children to day care and the ones that could found most facilities to be unsatisfactory with too many students per class and not enough teachers.

This is the Joe Paterno school at the NIKE world campus in Portland Oregon. Ever since NIKE became a fortune 500 company and expanded with the building of its campus the Joe Paterno school has offered child care and Pre K programs to its thousands of employees. The idea of having a day care in the work place has pleased employees and has inspired other businesses to do the same. Seeing in recent articles that day care and early education programs for working parents have not been as effective since the stimulus was put in place, I believe that these funds should also support facilities such as the Joe Paterno which has been a successful program for over fifteen years. I believe that if these funds can be placed in businesses to develop programs it could create a more effective and powerful learning experience for the children. Other benefits for these programs besides a higher education would be that parents can visit kids on lunch breaks,drive to and from work giving more interaction, and give parents more time during their busy work day to spend with their children.


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