High-quality child care produces a stimulating, secure and loving atmosphere for the little one.

Focusing on children's wellbeing and ecological exposures in child care centers is Essential for several reasons: Since they display exploratory behaviors that put them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they're more likely to be vulnerable to some contaminants found. They're also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and are more prone to the negative effects of toxins and chemicals. Children spend a whole lot of time in child care settings. Many babies and young children spend as many as 50 hours each week, in child care.

Nationally, 13 million children, or 65 percent of U.S. kids, spend some part of the afternoon in child care and at California alone, roughly 1.1 million children five decades or younger attend child care. In this exact same condition, many adults might also be subjected as roughly 146,000 employees work 40 hours or more a week child care centers. Child care environments include substances which may be harmful for kids. Recent studies suggest that lots of child care environments might contain pesticides, allergens, volatile organic compounds from cleaning agents and sanitizers, and other contaminants which may be toxic to children's wellbeing.

Nevertheless, little is understood about what environmental and chemical exposures they might be getting in these configurations. To fill this gap, we quantified. Outcomes of the study were reported on the California Air Resources Board. Our findings help inform policies to lower accidents to children, encourage training and workshops to educate child care providers about methods to lower children's environmental exposures (ex. Using integrated pest management to decrease pesticide usage ), and search for future research.

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4 things to keep in mind when running your child care program

For many child care providers, it doesn’t come naturally to think about the business side of things. We could spend a lot of time dissecting why that is, but that’s an article for another day. The point is that whether or not you like it, as a family child care owner, you run a business. […]

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For many child care providers, it doesn’t come naturally to think about the business side of things. We could spend a lot of time dissecting why that is, but that’s an article for another day. The point is that whether or not you like it, as a family child care owner, you run a business. […]

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For many child care providers, it doesn’t come naturally to think about the business side of things. We could spend a lot of time dissecting why that is, but that’s an article for another day. The point is that whether or not you like it, as a family child care owner, you run a business. As such, it’s important to consider what makes a healthy and sustainable child care business.

Consider your customers

Any business needs to think about who their customers are and what their customers need. In child care, your customers are your parents. Your parents are the ones paying you every week or month for your services. The best thing you can do for your business is to make sure you are meeting the needs of your parents. High quality early care and education is good business.

Consider your business

Customers of any business sometimes have surprising requests. Knowing that your parents are your customers does not mean you need to meet their every wish. It’s ok to say no to things. You are running a business and you should assume that any special accommodations you make for one family could be requested by all of your other families. Think about your business more broadly when considering one-off requests.

On the other hand, you are the business owner and can decide to accommodate special requests if or when they are made. You can also let parents know that something you initially said yes to is no longer working. Being the business owner means you get to decide what works and what doesn’t work at your program.

Get help from your peers

Sometimes we just need someone we trust to lend advice or validation. Wonderschool has built a community of over 1,000 family child care providers for this exact purpose. You sometimes have to make tough business decisions– made all the more tough because you care about your families and your business– and it can mean the world to have someone else validate your decision.

Be a professional

Child care is one of the most personal businesses out there– you are caring for a person’s most prized beings, all in the walls of your own home. It can be easy for everyone to forget that you are still running a business. Whether that means responding to feedback from a parent at 7:30 in the morning in your kitchen or enforcing your late pickup policy, take a deep breath and remember that you are the professional and business owner. Embody that and feel proud.

Wonderschool supports child care professionals to run quality and sustainable businesses. Learn more today!

 

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