Did you know?:
In 2011, 12.5 million of children under five years old were in some type of consistent childcare arrangement. (Household Economic Studies, U.S Census)
12.6 percent of children were in Head Start center-based care in 2005-2006. (National Center for Education Statistics, 2012)
94.7 percent of formal childcare workers are women. (Household Economic Studies, U.S Census).
Only 13 states require childcare providers in centers to have initial training in early childhood education before working with children. (National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies, 2012)
55 percent of mothers with children under 3 are in the labor force, and 38 percent of children under the age of 3 who have an employed mother spend more than 35 hours in care each week. (CLASP, 2013)
Childcare workers experience an annual job turnover rate between 25 and 40 percent. (National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies, 2012)
42 percent of infants and 52 percent of toddlers have at least one weekly non-parental child care arrangement in a center or home-based setting. (CLASP, 2013)
A baby forms 700 new neural connections per second in his/her first years of life. (State of Opportunity)
In 35 states and the District of Columbia, the average annual cost for center-based care for an infant was higher than a year’s in-state tuition and related fees at a four-year public college. (National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies, 2012)
One out of six children eligible for federally funded Child Care and Developmental Block Grants receive assistance in 2012. (National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies, 2012)
63 percent of children living below 200 percent poverty rate were not enrolled in preschool between 2009-2011. (Kids Count)
14 percent of children ages 1-5 were read to fewer than 3 days a week by family members between 2011-2012. (Kids Count)
So, now you know!