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Economics of Childcare 2

According to the Department of Labor, seventy-two percent of workplace absenteeism is due to child care related issues. We look at how private industry is coming up with solutions.
Economics of Childcare 2


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Show 0941: Economics of Childcare 2

Air date: October 11, 2009



Rob:  According to the Department of Labor, seventy-two percent of workplace absenteeism is due to childcare related issues.  Once again, here's Quin Tran with a look at how private industry is coming up with some solutions.

Quin:  Known as the city of magnolias, Durant sits in south central Oklahoma.  It's a small community that understands the value of partnerships in early childhood education.  This head start program serves children in the community.  It's supported by the Choctaw Nation, and is part of the Smart Start Coalition, an organization that puts children first.

Rebecca Hawkins:  We can't be there their entire lives, but we can give them what they call a head start in life.  A lot of these children come from low income families and would not be able to experience the opportunity that head start provides for them.

Quin:  The opportunities include access to technology, development of cognitive and social skills, creativity and play.  Business leaders, like John Massey, believe a financial commitment to early childhood education is a sound investment.

John Massey:  All kids want to do is be loved.  And they want to learn.  If you teach a kid to learn, then he'll enjoy learning.  He enjoys being smart.

Ray Bitsche:  What we're doing today is building our workforce twenty years from now.

Quin:  Ray Bitsche is the president of Oklahoma City Educare.  This Educare facility is the first to open in Oklahoma City made possible by philanthropic and community support.  The Educare program is a model for quality childcare and early childhood education that features small class sizes, degreed teachers, and an outcome based curriculum.

Ray Bitsche:  We as a people should be willing to invest whatever it takes to bring that level of care up to that standard.  I mean, it's our future.  One of the things that we will not do at Educare is that we will not raise these kids for a family.  You cannot drop your child at the door and leave.  You must also be willing to make an investment in the development of your children.

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