Promoting Quality Child Care.
Why is child care and early education so
FACT – Minnesota Parents Work and They
Need Child Care to Stay in the Work Force
Nearly four-fifths of Minnesota mothers work –
the fourth highest rate in the country. This
translates to more than 670,000 children
statewide needing some kind of non-parental
The rate of Minnesota mothers of young children
in the workforce has more than doubled from
30.7% in 1970 to 72.4% in 2000.
Nearly seven in ten (68.8%) Minnesota children
under six had either both parents or their
single parent in the labor force in 2000.
Approximately 20% of parents say child care
problems interfered with getting or keeping a job.
37% lost time from work in the past 6 months
because of child care problems.
Parents of young children seeking welfare
benefits in Minnesota report that “help paying for
child care” is the most common reason driving
them to seek assistance.
FACT – Many Working Parents Cannot Afford
The average cost of child care for two children is
more than $20,000 per year8 – nearly three times
the yearly undergraduate tuition at the University
Most parents of young children are at their lowest
point of earning power.
High costs of child care hit lowest income families
the hardest – families earning below $20,000
annually pay, on average, 28% of their income for
FACT – Quality Early Childhood Education
Makes a Difference for Kids
The first five years of life are particularly critical
for brain development.
Quality child care prepares children for school by
developing higher cognitive skills, better
math & reading skills, and higher educational
FACT – Early Education is a Smart Investment
The Federal Reserve Bank of Minnesota has
estimated a “return on public investment” of at
least $12 for every $1 spent on quality early
The Perry Preschool study found that early
learning is a significant cost-benefit to society.
Better school success means less use of juvenile
and adult justice systems, better socialization,
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...is dedicated to the promotion of
quality child care through education
and the improvement of
professionalism and public perception
of early care providers.
Scientific research confirms that
children's earliest experiences
dramatically affect their ability to
succeed in school and in life. Their
intellectual and emotional
development is strongly influenced by
the quality of the care they receive in the first few years of their
lives. This means that the right kind of child care can be a
wonderful opportunity to enrich children's lives and help them
realize their full potential.
I have spent many years trying to be a positive influence in the lives
of the children that I care for. I feel so strongly about this that I am
now trying to be an influence on the lives of many more children by
providing support and education opportunities to other early care
providers and by trying to improve the public image and community
support for our profession.
TKW Consulting provides this support through personal training,
small and large workshops, speaking appearances, organizational
involvement, conference planning, educational consulting, and peer
networking. I provide training for family child care providers,
organizations, center directors and staff, teachers, Head Start,
EFCE, and any other early care professionals that have an impact
on the lives of children.
Let’s Make the World Better, One Child At A Time!
Feel free to contact me. To learn more about TKW Consulting, visit
the About TKW page.
Tammy K Wachter
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