Flagpole wrote:Well...that depends on where you go. If you live in an affluent area, you often get highly-educated women working at the daycare. My wife worked at a daycare/preschool for a year before she took a college professor job as she was transitioning from being a stay-at-home mom back to a career-path job. At the time, ALL of the women there had at LEAST a Masters Degree in something, and a couple of them had a Ph.D. They did a lot to keep those kids engaged, and the ones over age 2 actually went to French class. They read to those kids all the time...individually and in groups. Pretty good place really.
Are there daycares out there where all the workers do is make sure the kids don't die while there? Yep. But they aren't all like that.
^^This. My children took year-round art, science, Spanish and music/violin instruction (beginning at age 2) at their daycare center which went through grade K. The staff were wonderful... knowledgeable, fun, nurturing... and became our extended family.
But, few have access to such facilities, sadly.