The American Families Plan, proposed to US Congress by the Biden administration, brought the importance of appropriate childcare provisions back on the national and international agenda. Essentially, the policy plan aims at reducing childcare costs to support women in the workforce. Big parts of US society might benefit from this since “two-thirds of mothers with young children are employed, and thus need reliable childcare.” (Tankersley/Goldstein 2021). Despite this fact, quality daycare and pre-Kindergarten services are unaffordable for many families. Instead, they are forced to “rely on informal networks of relatives and neighbors who are untrained in early education” (ibid.). Luckily, viable alternatives exist – not only in the US. Two types of family childcare substitute have been proven to show particularly positive results.
Type 1: Institutional group arrangements
Group arrangements for childcare may include preschool, nurseries, or daycare centers – all of them usually operating with some sort of state or federal license to account for high standards “concerning such matters as safety, sanitation, and caregiver/child ratios” (Greenstein 2021). These are in place for good reason: When it comes to group arrangements for childcare, ensuring high-quality standards is essential.
Why is that?
Even though studies have shown that “use of group care arrangements during infancy may enhance cognitive abilities”, it appears that mostly the question is not whether young children are taken care of by their moms or a substitute (ibid.). Instead, the question of quality seems much more determinant: “children who receive high-quality care and high levels of emotional support are likely to be well-adjusted, regardless of who the caregiver is” (ibid.). If you are looking for high-quality institutional group arrangements for childcare, Kinderjahre is here to help, making use of our extensive network.
Type 2: Workplace childcare programs
The need for accessible family childcare substitutes is not only addressed by institutional organizations but by private actors as well – amongst them mostly employers who deploy on-site facilities. Next to raising work engagement and productivity, family childcare at the workplace also comes with the benefit of a higher degree of emotional security: “Parents who are able to check in on their child during a lunch break or when the workload allows report less separation anxiety” (Trautner 2016). Here, too, Kinderjahre can help with experience and expertise to find measures that ensure the highest quality standards.