Child Care in the United States Essay Project
I have the essay attached below can you please edit it and write it how the teacher wants
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the big worry here is I’m still not seeing much of what’s going on at the local level. This looks very similar to the initial pitch; very well covered on federal policy, but a) not really much on the local angle, and b) not really much that’s specifically urban. What we’re looking at here is the potential of a project that’s going to be constantly short of sources, as there isn’t really an urban policy angle to this issue unless we’re talking either some kind of situation that’s more specific to urban/built-up areas or something dealt with by local government. Unless, of course, I’m missing something.
One example of a child care situation that might be rather more urban specific is after-school care. This was something that was starting to come up on a fairly regular basis during the brief period I was at NACCRRA in 1994-95, as kids unattended after, say, a 2:30 end to school and until parents are home from work are in a significantly vulnerable situation and possibly more likely in urban areas to face negative consequences from not having close friends or relatives around to look after them — e.g. gang activity or child predators of some kind.
Another angle might be youth activity, which dovetails on the after-school question though with more of an adolescent focus than early childhood. American youth are notably limited in freedom in a number of respects. I was thinking about this over the weekend looking at your memo, and while rural youth at least have some options here — go and fish, or go squirrel hunting, or go on a bike ride or a run, or some other outdoor activity — in urban and suburban areas there’s less likely to be an escape from something that hits everyone which is the combination of the 21 drinking age, parental fears for child safety, lack of pedestrian access, car dependency, lack of transit, add up to at times virtual imprisonment for kids under driving age. I walked to school on my own or with friends from age 11 (probably would have done so earlier except that we weren’t really within walking distance for my elementary school); I took public transport on my own from probably age 9 or 10; it was safe for me and neighbors to play pickup games of soccer on the street at 11, 12, 13 partly on account of there not being that much traffic, and us living on a quiet street, and people driving very much more slowly than here; and if I’d have wanted to it would have been perfectly easy to get into a club at age 14 in the UK….but that simply doesn’t happen here. And in many situations it seems to me that kids either become very isolated, or things like gangs fill a void.
That’s what after-school care and youth activity centers of various kinds are aimed to address. I am WAY out of date on where to find research on this — really haven’t dealt with this issue in 25 years — but it shows up as being a hot button issue in many urban neighborhoods.