It was in the December of 2015 that President Obama signed into law the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), a law that replaced the “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) Act. With that said, it reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education in the United States and it’s the main K-12 Curriculum for the country.
What is it for?
At first glance, you may think that it has nothing to do with daycare. However, that’s where you’re wrong. The purpose of the ESSA is to cater to the needs of all types of children, even those with disabilities or other types of difficulties.
The highlights of the curriculum, though, is that it tailors to the needs of those that have undergone childcare programs in the past. Here are some of the types that the ESSA focuses on Minorities; Students experiencing poverty; Special education benefactors; Students with little to no knowledge about the English language.
The ESSA Act also takes into account the special needs of other children. With that said, different states are allowed to hold their own special curriculum or programs. In turn, parents will have the option to opt for these programs, which may cater to their children’s special needs.
There are many requirements for the states of the US regarding the ESSA Act. However, the ones mentioned above are the ones that should be prioritized by both advocates and students.
In short, ESSA strives to provide funding to literacy programs to encourage them to innovate their teaching methods.
The ESSA requires states to focus on how to measure school performance. There are many factors that they can choose from but ultimately, there are five required factors.
The first four are already given. It includes Academic Achievement, English Language Proficiency, High School Graduation Rates, and Academic Progress. States can pick from different factors for the fifth, but most of them choose to rely on Kindergarten readiness for childcare.
The ESSA is a law that practices the measurement of performance of students. It also helps kids learn more during the process which may help parents save money for childcare.
In the past few years, many family advocates, as well as childcare enthusiasts, took interest in the inclusion of children with disabilities in early childhood education programs as well as childcare.
While it can prove to be difficult to help children with disabilities, advocacy led to a law that finally allows the inclusion of such children to said services.
Benefits of the Inclusion
Due to advocates, they are now offered free services that they otherwise have no access to.
In addition to that, it may also be the start of a bright future for them. Education programs for normal children are given that helps them learn about their health.
Such topics are helpful for these children because they’ll learn the ins and outs of their bodies. It’s also inevitable for them to be offered a way to learn about meditation, an activity which will vastly improve their health and well-being.
The Result of the Inclusion
The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) as well as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) introduced three aspects that will benefit children with disabilities.
Children with disabilities were provided access to child care facilities and education programs. This may include recreational activities such as meditative programs and health activities.
Children with disabilities are then allowed to participate in events along with their parents. This will also help them in their way to recovery (or well-being) since some activities include meditative programs.
These special children are also given support, as part of the special treatment decided upon the two agencies. Of course, support is made especially for these children so it will include meditation and other health programs.
This movement made it possible for children with disabilities to smile with kids of the same age. This inclusion is a sign that there’s a future for child care in the United States for any kind of children.
Childcare is known for being unaffordable in some places. Some parents say that it’s too expensive and there must be another way to keep their children safe without relying on overpriced services.
However, it goes without saying that these so-called expensive services are still not enough to call the wages of pre-school educators “enough”. In this article, you’ll find out the reason behind this issue.
Unaffordability of Childcare for Parents
Since 2010, many agencies refer to childcare as “unaffordable” for parents, considering that the only service given is taking care of the kids. It’s been an issue discussed for some time now and even though it might be true to some parents, many childcare educators and caretakers are still struggling to make ends meet.
Median Wages of Childcare Workers
A statistics agency released a survey that found that childcare workers are receiving an amount of around $10 per hour on average. Preschool caretakers aren’t any better though since they get around $14 per hour.
It’s different for Kindergarten educators since they receive around $30 per hour on average.
Now we get into the question, why? Since it’s already no denying that the price of childcare is indeed unaffordable to most parents, you shouldn’t omit some details about childcare facilities.
Childcare workers get so little money due to the fact that there are utilities they should pay for. This may include chalk, blackboard, toys, and more. All of this causes providers to only spend so little for themselves while focusing on the needs of children before anything else.
Now you know the reason behind this issue, what should the country do now? Yes, the government itself should address this issue and make some changes involving childcare, especially the financial aspects of said service.
There’s no denying that children love to play outside. It’s a special environment that allows for various unique experiences to be encountered by your kids. However, such a special environment needs special treatment as well.
Here are just some tips given by parents that have kids suffering from lack of treatment for health and safety.
These parents have extended their hands to help other families to maintain family peace by ensuring that their children are educated with proper safety tips.
Child Care Outdoor Safety
First of all, never let your children leave child care without anyone’ notice or alone. You should also keep them from going to the side of the streets, alone or not. If they have something to do there, a toy rolled over to the area, for example, inform them that they should tell someone to get it for them, which should always be an adult.
Setting Up Outdoor Play Spaces
Before letting your children play outside, you should first make sure if it’s safe without you there. That said, install fences anywhere you think your kids shouldn’t touch. Electrical appliances for example, or things that involve chemical since it may cause an accidental fire. You should also lock garages, and places that are full of tools not suitable for children.
Safety with Outdoor Toys
When children go outside, they tend to look for tricycle or bicycle toys. If this is the case, make sure they wear safety equipment such as helmets, even if the one they’re riding on are toys. You should also consider that there are safety straps made for this situation.
For parents aiming to maintain family peace, there’s no better way to do it by being cautious of the dangers of outdoor play spaces. Remember that education programs do not teach this, so it’s your duty to do so to your children.