1/15/2018 11:01:09As the holidays approach, there is a lot of positive news about the daycare industry, but there is also plenty of negativity surrounding the industry.
A new study released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that more than half of parents with children in daycare say they are worried about the quality of their care, with many saying their children have been left to suffer in the care they received.
“There is definitely a concern about the care that parents receive at home,” said Michelle Clements, a manager at a daycare center in Chicago.
“Many of us are concerned about the safety and the quality, and we are trying to figure out what we can do to address it.”
The study found that nearly one-third of parents reported they had witnessed someone misusing a child’s computer, while more than three-quarters of parents said they had seen a parent misusing their own child’s cell phone.
There were also concerns about the use of electronic devices in the home, with a third of parents reporting they had a child who had access to an electronic device at home.
According to the survey, almost a quarter of parents say their children’s parents are making the decisions that affect their daycare experience, while just over half of respondents said their children had not been told of the issues with daycare staff.
Clements said she understands parents’ concerns, but said she does not want to “pry into” her children’s daycare experiences.
“I would prefer to talk to the parent, talk to their child about their day,” she said.
“What we want to do is educate parents on how to care for their children, and that’s not to blame on the staff.”
According to a recent survey by the Association of Daycare Centers and Specialty Centers, nearly one in four of the 4.3 million children in the U