Cost rises as quality child
care becomes more scarce
Re: “If you think housing’s pricey, try child care” (Page A1, Feb. 3):
The high cost of child care is a constant burden for families. Despite the enormous expense, the average child care provider is one of the lowest paid workers.
An average family child care provider will work 40-60 hours a week. Their hourly rate can easily fall below the “livable” minimum wage set by the state. Parents seeking child care are not looking for just a babysitter. Child care providers are responsible for providing a safe environment and serving as a child’s primary educator during the most critical years of their emotional, cognitive and mental development.
The number of child care openings is declining. Unless we find a way to make the early childhood field an attractive profession with livable wages and benefits for individuals who have the patience, skills and compassion to raise our most valuable resource, the cost will continue to rise as quality care becomes scarce.
Letter: Cost rises as quality child care becomes more scarce