New York, New York (PRWEB) October 18, 2012
A new column published in The Washington Post urges government officials to start a dialogue concerning affordable, accessible, and regulated childcare for people of varying backgrounds. Slava Volman, owner and founder of Shooting Stars Daycare, agrees that this discussion is necessary for the benefit of both children and parents.
The article’s author explains that the current American childcare system is disjointed. She discusses how some people use high-paid nannies, while others have to opt for “off-the-grid sketchy but affordable centers.” Some choose “homemade centers run out of someone’s basement” and still others send their kids to “rare and difficult-to-afford corporate centers that work well for the tiny population that can get in.” She goes on to explain that there is no comprehensive childcare system in this country.
Slava Volman says, “Childcare in the United States absolutely deserves a priority discussion. Some people believe that daycare centers involve finger painting and monkey bars. This is simply not the case. A good daycare center builds a strong foundation for a child, both in school and life in general. Kids learn valuable skills and lessons at their childcare facilities. Because of this, daycare is immensely important and needs to receive priority treatment in the public agenda.”
The article’s author points out that during World War II this country reformed its childcare system as part of an emergency war effort. One and one half a million children across the country received care during the day while mothers went to work at factories. Some of these facilities even sent the children home with dinner to save moms the trouble of cooking after a long day.
Natalie Fousekis, a history professor at California State University at Fullerton, explains, “We got it right, for the most part. Unfortunately, it was during World War II, during an emergency, as part of a war effort, and it was very clear that it was only for the war that this would happen.”
The article encourages public officials to bring on another round of discussion about affordable, high-quality childcare for all. Slava Volman agrees, “Early childhood education is so important. Whether it’s daycare or preschool or even summer camp, these programs greatly impact kids’ desire and ability to succeed in school, and even later in life. Because of the importance of these programs, its time that we, as a country, have a meaningful discussion about how to give all kids access to these types of experiences.”
Slava Volman runs the Shooting Stars Daycare facility, which offers a highly structured curriculum to approximately 30 boys and girls per day. The program includes field trips and hands-on activities that encourage children to learn and have fun. Prior to Slava’s daycare experience, he worked as a kindergarten teacher and afterschool childcare program supervisor. He is also the father of adult children.