The Democrat and Chronicle did an important story on daycare in the Rochester area. There are often long waiting lists and the cost of quality care is significant. Daycares are 79 percent full on average and it’s harder to find a spot for an infant. The article advises women to get on lists as soon as they find out they’re pregnant. Here’s an excerpt:
Experts say the high demand could be caused by several factors. Running a childcare center is expensive, so they’re not exactly on every street corner. More families have two parents working than a few years ago because home budgets are still tight. And the United States doesn’t provide institutional care the way that other countries do.
In Rochester, four out of the five largest employers — Wegman’s, Rochester General, Xerox, and the Rochester City School District — do not offer any on-site day care.
The largest employer in the area, University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital, has the Children’s School at University of Rochester Medical Center, available to anyone affiliated with the University of Rochester. There is currently a waiting list for the center.
According to Child Care Council, average day care in Monroe County costs anywhere from $143 to $237 a week, depending on the type of care and the age of the child.
Should quality, affordable daycare be a right? Should government and employers do more to make it easier for working parents? Should daycare be institutionalized, similar to the public school system?
Links of the Day:
– Rep. Tom Reed had stomach surgery and lost a lot of weight.
– Good news: ABC will live-stream all of its content on mobile apps. Bad news: You’ll have to be a pay-TV subscriber.