What language is your Daycare?
Does your childcare provider provide meals? Do they provide snacks, trips, diapers, or other freebies for all of your well spent cash? How about language instruction?
With an average of $8,150 per year, daycare costs for children in the United States range from $4,388 to $14,647 a year, according to the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA).
Well I sure hope you are getting what you pay for!
In this global society it might be wise to think about what language your child is hearing and speaking all day. The average American child could spend over 45 hours a week in daycare. During that time crucial development is happening mentally and physically.
My first language is English and we live in America. This means that if I send my child to an English speaking daycare, he may never develop a natural tongue for his father’s language (Japanese). To help him keep his ear and develop his tongue for Japanese, I plan on sending him to a Japanese speaking childcare provider. I think that it will help since his father speaks to him significantly less than I do on a daily basis. I think it will also give value to Japanese in the sense that “Daddy’s language” is spoken by other people outside of the home.
According to the 2000 census biracial children make up between 2 and 4 million of the population! A good portion of those biracial children will also be bilingual and competing for those well-paying jobs here and abroad. Isn’t that another great reason to foster bilingual skills for your child? Or say your child develops his own business, wouldn’t it be beneficial to have that second language work for him?
This is an issue I hope you’ll examine in order to make a productive decision for your household. For me it is a no-brainer, I’m getting some language instruction snuck into my childcare. Isn’t that using your money wisely?