WASHINGTON – Respondents in a new national survey tied to the decline of family child care providers mostly blame the poor compensation of early child care workers for the alarming dip.
But the survey from the Council for Professional Recognition also blames the decline on the lack of consistent state and federal support for family child care and the rising number of families who are choosing child care centers over family child care homes.
Across the country, 11 million children under age five are in child care, with 3 million children in family child care, according to the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).
And while there are about 1 million paid providers who care for children in home-based settings, those numbers rapidly are sinking when they should be rising to the meet the needs of working families, NAFCC reports.
“Working parents are desperately trying to find quality early childhood education for their children,” said Dr. Valora Washington, Council CEO. “Conversely, many licensed family child care providers are going out of business.”
Of the 606 respondents in the Council survey, 52 percent said they have an active CDA. The CDA, of course, is administered by the Council. It is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education and a key tool in helping educators earn higher pay, high-quality teaching skills and, overall, respect.
Opportunities to learn about how to earn and renew the CDA led responses when participants were asked what types of professional development training family child care providers or owners would find helpful.
Overwhelmingly, respondents (95 percent) said that the family child care home where they work or worked is licensed.
Most respondents, nearly 47 percent, said they earned their CDA in the Preschool (Center-based) setting. Second was Family Child Care, 36 percent, and then Infant Toddler (Center-based) with 31 percent.