In recent posts, we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight various benefits of daycare in the Bronx (and more generally) along with what Luna Family Group Daycare has to offer in particular. If you get the chance, we’d recommend glancing at those blogs to get a feel for how we operate and what we have to offer at our Bronx childcare center.

In today’s blog, we are going to take a step back from the specifics, in favor of offering up a few little-known facts regarding daycare and early childhood development, as you no doubt could have guessed from the title of the blog. So, without further ado, let’s dive in!

Interesting Facts About Childcare & Daycare

Below, we hope you realize how crucial daycare and childcare really is. The development of your child is impacted by many factors, so let’s take a look at some of them!

  • In 28 states and the District of Columbia, professional childcare has become more expensive than the average cost of in-state public university tuition.
  • Likewise, tax relief isn’t getting the job done for low-income families in need of support. Child care assistance for low-income families only reaches one out of every six children who would qualify.
  • Even if your family does qualify for tax relief, the Child Care and Development Block Grant, it does not offset the considerable cost of child care in most circumstances. This is the case for 49 of the 50 states in the Union.
  • 62 percent of mothers are in the workforce. Additionally, three million children under the age of three are in non-parental childcare.
  • According to zerotothree.org, research has shown that children who are in daycare get set up for success in numerous ways. “Children in the Abecedarian Project, which provided quality child care starting at birth, had long-lasting positive impacts that led to higher IQ and achievement test scores, fewer grade retentions and placements in special education, higher levels of college graduation and job-holding, and healthier outcomes as adults.
  • Quality childcare is especially important for children coming from low-income households. Because such youngsters often start behind their peers in terms of development, receiving high-quality childcare from a daycare like Luna Family Group Daycare can help develop patterns and a love of learning that can last into adulthood. The resource mentioned above also mentions that “one study found that children in the second grade who had enrolled in quality child care demonstrated greater math ability and thinking and attention skills and experienced fewer behavior problems than other children in the same grade.
  • Shifting gears a bit, let’s talk about early childhood development. Among many other facts we could list, one of the most significant to note is that the most effective parenting style is one that is loving and authoritative. More specifically, children who have parents who are loving in supportive yet set firm boundaries regarding behavior are more likely to be well-adjusted. This means setting clear limits and boundaries, while implementing consequences if those lines are crossed.
  • From the day that your child is born to their third birthday, your child’s brain will have developed some 95 percent of the way to the point of completion! This is a helpful reminder that how we teach our children, in or out of daycare, matters a lot because your baby’s brain is growing so much.
  • Your one-year old is probably much smarter than you realize, even if they can’t show it by talking to you in complete sentences. Around this time, however, your child’s vocabulary is going to explode in most cases. According to ABC Learning Center FL, “around the 18th month mark you will notice your child’s working vocabulary suddenly explode. In fact, around this time the average toddler adds one new word to their vocab every two hours they are awake.
  • Children aren’t naturally inclined to consider how their actions make others feel. This is especially the case for toddlers, who usually only follow rules so they won’t get in trouble. It might not be fun to hear, but it’s human nature. As they develop emotionally, socially, and cognitively, around early grade school they will begin to understand how their behavior impacts others (empathy).
  • Nature vs. nurture is a debate that has raged on for over a century. When it comes to early childhood development, it’s both nature (traits inherited by genes) and nurture (how the environment affects development) that make a child grow physically and psychologically. This is even the case for traits that most people think of as primarily determined by genetics. For instance, your child’s height is largely “nature,” but they might not reach their full potential if they receive poor nutrition.
  • Music is important for early childhood development. Of course, music makes adults and children alike happy (or feel some kind of emotion, at least). Music is also a significant difference-maker for childhood learning, as it’s been shown to impact emotional development along with mathematical understanding.

The final fact we’d like to leave you with is one we hope you’ve already realized by reading the information listed above; childcare and daycare is crucial, especially for children who have parents in the workforce.

If you live in the Bronx, we’d ask you to consider Luna Family Group Daycare as your Bronx daycare of choice. We have a wealth of options and we are an affordable childcare facility. We are passionate and dedicated, and we’d love to hear from you! Reach out to us today for availability and more details about daycare for your child!