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Caring for Children 24/7, 365

by Phil Acord
January/February 2003
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When you go out to eat, do your shopping, or take in a movie, do you ever wonder who is caring for the children of that waitress, salesperson, and concession worker? If you live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, chances are the children are being cared for at the Children's Home Extended Child Care Program. In America today a higher percentage of mothers with young children are working, and not only are a significant percentage of those mothers single heads of household, but many of them are working non-conventional hours. The final factor to place in the equation is that recently the United States has experienced a mini baby boom, and families are reproducing at a higher rate than they have in several decades.

Loosely translated that means there are a larger number of children that need early childhood education and care services and with everything being proportionate, more odd hour and weekend care is needed. The Children's Home program is unique in that it is open 24 hours, 365 days a year, providing care for children from six weeks to 12 years of age on a sliding fee scale. We have designed the program to eliminate the usual access barriers to care: hours, ...

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