The structure of the child care system in the United States is dependent on each state, and this is to be expected considering its sensitive nature. Child care providers have grown numerically over the last few decades in the United States. Statistics available from the U.S Census Bureau indicates that child care facilities increased in number, from 262,511 in 1987 to 766,401 in 2007.
The key driver for this significant growth is the rise in the number of working mothers. Parents consider the decision of care provider to be one of the most significant ones they will ever make. Thus, it needs to be guided properly. This guidance begins with the right information of the state’s structure for providers of daycare. Salt Lake City, for example, has a robust structure that assures parents of the state’s oversight. Here are just three types of care facilities available for parents.
These providers are located in a non-residential setting while the care provision follows a regular schedule. These facilities require Child Care Licensing (CCL) checks twice annually in addition to Caregiver training.
Licensed Hourly Centers
While this category of providers also has a non-residential setting, the service provider does not follow a regular schedule. As with the licensed centers, the number of students is determined by the facility’s total square footage. Caregiver training and CCL background checks are also a requirement.
Licensed Out of School Time Programs
Restricted to children of between five to twelve years old, this category is located in a non-residential setting. The schedule is flexible, being open for at least three days a week and a minimum of thirty days in a calendar year. As with the previous two categories, the number of students is determined by the facility’s square footage while CCL background checks and Caregiver training are requirements.
In addition to the above, there are also the Licensed Family and Residential Certificate categories making up Licensed facilities. Both are provided in private home settings for a maximum of sixteen and eight children respectively. Both also require CCL background checks as well as Caregiver training. Robust regulations have also made these facilities favorable to working parents.