As a child care professional, I couldn’t agree with the beginning Wesley W. Hickok’s letter to the editor Feb. 3 more....
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Cindy, I fully respect your LTE & I want to make clear that I was not by any means suggesting that ALL Centers take such actions, however, there are some that I believe do.
I have had experiences with Bostely's for example, never personally had an issue with them, in fact I believe it's one of the better Center's in the area (there are 4 of them I believe).
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"I've never seen someone try to hide something for a parent. What would the point be? If the child starts at the center, the parent will be there every day, and will see any of these deficiencies that might be hidden. I'm not sure what he meant by that, and perhaps I'm just thinking of our own chain of centers."
This part, is the part of your letter I must disagree with. The point of 'hiding things' is because there are some owners out there that are just plain cheap, just not as qualified to be operating such a business, and that, imo, are in it for the money. With that type of attitude, there is usually something that gets overlooked. Not all parents are 'there everyday'. Sure they pick their kids up but do they really pay attention to their surroundings? They should, but it doesn't mean they don't.
But thank you Cindy for your point of view from the "other side of things". I do appreciate it.
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I am not sure how you are the expert of child care owners, Wesley. Do you own a child care center or plan on opening one? Is that what this is about? There are a lot of things to consider before doing so. Make sure you do your research and know who your employees are. There are a lot of flakes in the business who can't handle the job and usually need their spouse to do their dirty work. It is a sad truth, so be careful, brother.
Shaddi, that couldn't have been a more clear targetted statement. However, my letter wasn't targeted to anyone. Every Center is unique, offers different qualities, my letter was a suggestion to parents to be responsible enough to take the time to learn those qualities and choose what's best for their child.
Cindy, in reference to my second comment, I felt I should finish my thought process, that was the only section in which I really had an alternate opinion. I enjoyed reading your letter and it has a lot of sound information. Thank you for sharing it with us.
Wes, it was absolutely a clear, targeted statement. And yours was, as well. You spoke of a specific incident in which you were allowed to pick up your own child. What you neglected to mention is the fact that your picture was clearly visible in the center. Here is another clear, targeted statement, child care centers are better off without the drama that comes about from people who want change, but are unwilling to do anything to cause change. If there is a problem in a center, it is the responsibility of the teacher, as an advocate, to inform the higher ups, be it the director or owner. If it is a small change, the teacher should just take it upon themselves. Instead we have some people in the profession who are passive aggressive, disgruntled, or just narcissists, who decide to cause more problems to entertain themselves. I, of course, assume, you know nothing about what I am talking about, but that is okay. We, as men, are usually in the dark about things, and...
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Sometimes those closest to us are deceptive. Be them friends or spouses. But that is okay, we, as men, are too.
I leave you with this question. If the same person, in the same field, in the same profession, at different locations, ends their job the same passive-aggressive, tasteless, deceptive way, maybe they are the problem? Especially, if the place is doing better without them.
Obviously, this is just a question and not a specific, direct statement. If you think it is, look in the mirror and ask why.
And try not to think about the deceptive spouse comment too much.
With the utmost respect intended Shaddi, that 'incident' I referenced, was merely an example and was appropriately handled by the 'higher ups' as I did voice my concern. I wasn't using it as an issue that exists, but as an example of things that parents should be responsible enough to consider.
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lol, I'll give you this, that was 'clever'. But to the point, I agree with you to an extent, sometimes the problem is with the individual. Again, my letter was more about the responsibility a parent should take in looking into a daycare center. FYI there are a LOT of day care centers in the area, big ones(multiple centers) and small ones, more private ones. They all vary in their skills/allure.
I do agree Shaddi with the general points you're attempting to make however.
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