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On the Importance of Childcare Today

The field of early childcare is changing. Follow this blog to find out why it's so important.

Hello! My name is Michelle Slimak and I love my job. Yes, I said it, I love my job. Being a home daycare provider is a very rewarding career. I have been working in childcare for over fifteen years, as a babysitter, a center based provider, in an on-site care facility, and now as a home daycare provider. I am the co-chair of the Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington, (www.southingtonearlychildhood.org) a volunteer group of concerned parents, providers, teachers, and community members tasked with preparing all Southington's children for school ready to learn.

The field of early childcare has changed drastically in the past thirty years, and it seems as if the changes are not done.  More and more research is being done on the first five years of life, and through that research more information is being gathered about the importance of early care providers in the lives of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Early childcare is no longer babysitting, it is a learning environment, where intentional teaching is essential to growth and development.

Through this blog, I would like to bring information about early childcare to the community. I would like to discuss issues of concern to parents, grandparents, and early childcare providers. Next time, I am going to discuss the importance of finding quality early childcare and address some questions parents should ask any prospective provider.

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Chelsea Castor May 12, 2011 at 12:50 PM
Looking forward to following your blog! As a young adult who is excited to start a family of my own in the next few years, I can see I'm going to find your blog extremely helpful.
Patrick Holland May 12, 2011 at 03:39 PM
Welcome to the Patch. I'm very interested in your blog as my child care needs are different then most peoples.
Michelle Slimak May 13, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Chelsea thanks so much for your support! How exciting to begin planning your family. Feel free to suggest any topic of interest to you, I would be glad to talk about whatever is interesting to you and other readers.
Michelle Slimak May 13, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Patrick- I am glad you are interested in my blog. If you want to share about your childcare needs, or suggest any topics for future discussion, please let me know.
Sabrina Stewart May 14, 2011 at 03:32 AM
I Have always dreamed of having a home day care. But the outlook on my future of owning a home that I can run a home daycare out of is not looking very good. Now I have 2 kids, both under 2. I really want to homeschool them, because I do not trust/or like what the schools are teaching and the peer pressure and everything that is going on in the school. I look forward to reading your blog so I can learn what I can do to help my kids learn all they can, while having fun! That is the most important thing to me, that my kids feel safe, comfortable, and have fun while learning. Thank you!
Michelle Slimak May 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM
Sabrina- If you have always dreamed of opening a home daycare you should pursue your dream. The daycare regulations do not require the licensee to own their home. As long as your home meets the regulations, and you have the permission of your landlord, you can obtain a license. The southington daycare providers association would be happy to answer any questions you have, or assist you in getting licensed as a home daycare provider. You can check out their website at www.southingtondaycareproviders.com, there you will find the phone numbers of the SDPA board. Give any one of us a call. As far as the blog is concerned, I hope I can help you get your children ready for school, whatever direction you decide to take them in.

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