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Compare and Contrast Essay Rasmussen College Author Note This paper is being submitted on September 1st, 2013, for Sharon Ballentine’s G124/ENC1101 English Composition course. Compare and Contrast Essay In the U.S., 58% of mothers with children younger than 6 years of age are in the labor force and 85% of these children are in nonparental care arrangements. In a nationwide survey of parents whose children attend early childhood programs, parents’ primary concern was about their children’s health and safety (Alkon/Cole, April 2011, pg. 556) When a parent decides to go back to work after having a child, there are some important decisions to make. How long are you going to work and whom will you have watch your child. As a parent, you need to feel comfortable with whom is taking care of your child. There are home-based daycares and center-based daycares available for you drop your children off at for care. When choosing which childcare option you want, you need to look at the health and safety guidelines each one wants to follow. When using a family home-based childcare it is necessary to be aware that the safety guidelines are more lenient than a center-based childcare. Family childcare sites are not designed to be used as a childcare facility, and, therefore, may not be as safe as a group or center-based care (Wasserman et al. 1998). Safety procedures will not be posted, but general guidelines are followed. Family based home child cares are operated by a parent, who wants to remain home with their own children. Providers' knowledge on safety within their home could be limited to the licensing requirements. These requirements vary from state to state. Center-based childcare must be more rigorous on following the safety guidelines than home-based childcare. Upon entering a childcare facility, you should be able to see the safety guidelines
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