From a parent's perspective- How does working full time and providing high quality care for young children actually work?
In order to provide the best opportunities for your children, it is often the case that parents need to work full time. Working full time means giving your trust to the childcare provider. In one family from rural Vermont, the closest high quality childcare setting was thirty minutes away, one hour drive time round trip. While there was childcare available locally, it was not high quality and the hours did not benefit working parents. This family tried both options- and the hour drive time high-quality program won out. Engagement in the high-quality program met all of the needs of the child, and eliminated stress on the parent (worrying about the quality of care for the child). It was worth driving an additional hour daily.
Families can be limited with high-quality options for childcare in rural areas. This example demonstrates how far parents are willing to go (literally) to ensure that their child is receiving quality care that meets the demands of working parents.