This five-part series looks at child care across the D.C. region and finds a lack of affordable, quality options that puts an economic and social bind on families.
If there's one thing preschool instructor Lindsey Kite wants the public to understand, it's that early care and education is no joke.
“Some think, ‘Come on, they're just playing every day. Why do you need to be making this amount of money just to have my kid play?' But it's so much more than that,” Kite said.
Between the ages of 0 and 3, a child's brain produces 700 new neural connections every second, making the first three years of life some of the most important, researchers say.
“(They're learning) a lot of the stuff like compassion and learning how to have feelings for other people when someone's hurt or angry or upset … and that's important,” Kite said.
Cost and location are important factors that parents have to consider when researching child care options — but so is quality. Exposing children to quality care from an early age is essential. The fourth report of the Child Care Crisis series looks at the D.C. area's new focus on quality child care.