e-mail to this site from "Diane"
I want to thank you for a great website.
When I was in college, I worked in one of the "good" daycare centers. The
facilities at this very expensive daycare were impressive and up-to-date. We
carefully obeyed all of the regulations, conducted regular fire drills,
constantly inspected the rooms and equipment for safety, and everything was
kept extremely clean. The owner was a genuinely nice lady who wanted to
provide the best possible care for children. The ratio rules were
stringently enforced: 1-4 in the infant room, 1-5 for the toddlers, etc.
None of these things impressed the babies who were left with us all day
There was a six-week-old baby who was dropped off at 6:00 a.m. and
picked up by her exhausted parents at 6:00 p.m. every day.
12 hours without
her parents. The worker in her room referred to her as "a crier", because
she was constantly wound up and upset. Then there was the four-year-old boy
whose parents just didn't know what to do about the fact that he enjoyed
hitting other children. Another child, known as "the biter", regularly bit
other children so hard that he broke their tender skin.
If our facilities were so great, why
were the children having such problems?
We employees were nice enough, at least for the most part. We were just all
a little preoccupied with college. Some of my co-workers were preoccupied
with their boyfriends-of-the-week. And then there were the weekend party
girls, who didn't really like kids, but needed to have some sort of income.
We were all there for the paycheck. Not because we loved children. And as
is the norm for these types of places, the turnover rate was very, very
I now have two children of my own, and I wouldn't dream of leaving them
in a daycare facility. I would even extend my criticism to after-school
programs for elementary aged children. I think kids need a parent in the
house after school.
Anyway, thank you again for your website. I've been saying these things for
Behavior, Caregiver, Quality
e-mail to this site from R.C.
"I would like to thank you so much for
trying to open people’s eyes to the dangers of daycare. ...I have failed to
find anything on your site that is untrue about daycares.
Children are basically corralled from room to room while workers do their
best to keep the children from killing each other."
"...In many cases, the daycare providers feel like they’re the only ones who
care about the kids, but the children still aren’t loved. "
..."As far as health inspectors bending over backwards for daycares, this is
absolutely true as well. Where I live, state inspectors check the daycares
once per year. Not only is it the same month every year so workers know when
to expect it, but the inspectors even tell the director when to expect
them ('Make sure everything’s okay, because I’m on my way out there
Caregiver, Quality, Regulations
Sarah, an infant caregiver in Orange
County, CA, quoted from "The abandonment of America's children" on Dr. Laura
Schlessinger's column on WorldNetDaily, 25-Jun-04
"Every day I get out of bed
half dreading the day...
Dreading it because of the so-called 'liberal-minded' parents who say they
are doing the best thing 'socially' for their children by placing them in
institutionalized care at the tender age of 6 weeks..."
(There are many other quotes
by daycare workers and teachers found throughout this website.
To find these quotes, go to the Search Page and
enter the word, "Caregiver".
September 27, 2008