involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first." Frederick
FEEDBACK ON "QUALITY NEED NOT BE EXPENSIVE"
We hope that our daily news bits are thought provoking. Some end up being more
provocative than others. Our story from September 16, "Quality Programs
Need Not Be Expensive", generated a great deal of passion. Here is a sampling
of some of the feedback we received:
Julie Kincak: "What a wonderful activity. However, if this was an argument
for the inexpensiveness of an early childhood program then it was a poor example.
I see a teacher living in a country where the price and standard of living is
quite different from America and a 1 to 40 ratio as well. It's just another example
of making money off of children and poor women."
Douglas Baird: "I am uncomfortable with the caption for this story.
No one would disagree that there are some quite simple and inexpensive items
one can put in an early childhood bag of resources. The most expensive one,
however, does not belong in the bag. It is the teaching staff and their
compensation should make up 70 to 80% of the total program cost. You might
say that inexpensive manipulatives can be part of a superb program. Inexpensive
staff can be part of a superb program only when they are shortchanged in the paycheck.
Roseann Moore: "I agree that money will not solve all problems in childcare.
However, I am dismayed to hear yet again that money isn't necessary for a quality
program. Unfortunately we do need money to provide quality care for children.
Quality people are the key to a quality program and they do cost money. An excellent
teacher willing to stay in childcare will find the ways to create a loving, nuturing
and learning environment despite challenges and lack of funding. A great teacher
may not be as successful. We in the profession need to encourage society to dedicated
needed funds to their future, the children we care for each day."
Edna Ranck: "In my 40+ years working in or for early childhood programs,
I have learned that it is resources that go into programs - the cost is high if
the quality is to reflect the needs of the children in the program and promote
the foundations of what all children need to develop beautifully. It's resources
which include but are not limited to money. If the staff is excited and informed
and willing to commit to their investment, they will use their inner strength,
all the free items they can find and make all their equipment, etc. But this takes
time, talent and tremendous energy and creativity. I have learned that many ECE
practitioners forget their creative training and substitute money for their
own creative energy. They forget that staff-made equipment and games takes time
and effort, but need not cost a lot of money. ECE folks must remember that quality
costs - not necessarily money, but energy and effort, commitment and creativity
from all who are involved."
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