Historical changes in families and the retail world has created the need for non-parental child care through a number of different societal changes. Over time more women have been joining the work force. These changes in social trends have resulted in the majority of children living in one parent families or dual-earner families, which has in turn created an increased number of children requiring non-parental care for a large portion of each working day. Therefore, a child care worker is needed.
In the United States today according to the U.S. Census, there are about 1.2 million child care providers and about 423,000 preschool teachers. So it is not surprising that there about 113,00 licensed child care centers and probably thousands of non licensed centers and babysitters in the U.S. today, and the Children's Defense Fund reports that 13 million kids in the U.S. are in preschool. The idea of “day care” may seem like a newer idea but really the idea for day care and nurseries has gone back as far as the 18th century, when in England, in the factories the workers where provided nurseries for there children. The idea later carried over to the U.S. during WWII while the women worked the factories for the men. But, the last half of the 20th century saw more opportunities for women in the workplace and therefore daycare started to grow!(Pines,425) So qualified persons who are interested in this work should have no problems finding or keeping a job. The U.S. Census expects the employment of child care workers to increase by 11% between 2008-2018.(Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4)
Child care workers care for small children who can't care for themselves or aren't at the age to got to school. There are some child care organizations that also care for children that are school age. This is to keep those children from being left at home alone after school. A child care worker doesn't only make sure the children have their basic needs met but they... [continues]
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