Category Archives: Daycare

Opinion: Drowning in childcare bills? Read NCLA

The very smart economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth has reviewed No Child Left Alone for MarketWatch. The whole review is here.

She opens with high praise:

As presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton grapple with the high cost of child care, there’s no better time to read Abby W. Schachter’s new book, “No Child Left Alone: Getting the Government Out of Parenting,” published by Encounter Books. Guaranteed to raise your blood pressure, it describes how federal and state regulations affect all aspects of child rearing, from birth to high school graduation.

Furchtgott-Roth focuses on the specific problem of childcare:

Day-care centers run by Head Start have to follow rules issued by the Department of Agriculture, including requirements to provide foods such as cow’s milk, even if parents prefer that children not drink cow’s milk.

Day-care providers in Pennsylvania, Schachter’s home state, are required to throw out uneaten food and wash out containers in case the child might consume hazardous material later on.

Just as Obamacare drove up the price of health care, government regulation is driving up the price of day care and school lunches.

Captain Mommy meets Kennedy on FBN

Talking NCLA at WSJ with Mary Kissel

It was a pleasure talking to Mary Kissel at Opinion Journal about No Child Left Alone: Getting the government out of parenting.

Let’s go to the video!

More daycare, less $$$$ regulation

From my latest column at the Independent Women’s Forum where I am now a senior fellow:

Lynette Fraga executive director of Child Care Aware explains that when parents can’t afford the cost of licensed daycare they choose a cheaper, non-regulated option. “The big question mark is: ‘Are children safe in unregulated care?’” Fraga said. But when regulated daycare includes brushing teeth it is obvious that affordability is being sacrificed at the altar of “high-quality”.

No doubt, state licensing of daycare is a useful yardstick to impose basic standards of safety, hygiene and quality. We’re way past that already, however and have moved into high-cost for high-quality regulations. Before more taxpayers funds get earmarked to give access to licensed daycare to more economically disadvantaged mothers, it would be useful to revisit the basic criteria for daycare facilities and in many cases, create a lower, more affordable standard.

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State, Doctor say no to swaddling (Part 2)

As I wrote yesterday, when I asked our pediatrician for a waiver to allow my baby to be swaddled at his state-licensed daycare, I was told that she wouldn’t sign because the American Academy of Pediatrics does not “recommend swaddling past 2 months.”

Dr Harvey Karp has weighed in on Twitter:

@abbyschachter …The AAP does NOT have such a policy…that was just the opinion of a couple of their docs…

Stayed tuned.

State, doctor say no to swaddling

My baby just started daycare. He is 9 weeks old and adorable. We swaddle him at home, for naps and for his nighttime sleep. We swaddled his 3 siblings as well. Indeed, following Harvey Karp’s advice from “Happiest Baby on the Block” we swaddled for as long as we could because it provided us with a bedtime routine, the babies expected it and they were all sleeping through the night (7pm to 7am) by four months of age. Swaddling works.

When I met with the daycare worker a few days before my son’s first day, she asked if there was anything I wanted her to know or any questions I had about the care she and the staff would provide. I said exactly one thing: “I want you to swaddle him”. She agreed, but too hastily as it turns out because when I brought him for his first day I was informed by the daycare administrator that they could not swaddle the baby without a note from a doctor.

According to the rules set out by “Caring for our Children” which is the daycare bible for state-licensed facilities in Pennsylvania (where we live) a baby may not be swaddled in the daycare without written authorization from a physician. The geniuses who write these rules are convinced that swaddling isn’t perfectly safe (what is?) because the daycare workers could do a bad job wrapping the baby, the blanket could become loose, the baby might roll over into the loose material and then the baby might, possibly, die of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Oh, swaddling improperly might also cause hip dysplasia.

I asked our pediatrician to write the note the daycare required to swaddle my baby but the doctor refused. She says that the American Academy of Pediatrics “doesn’t recommend swaddling after two months of age.” Do these geniuses think my baby isn’t crying anymore after two months? No matter, the doctor has refused to sign the letter.

Terrific. I’m having my rights as a parent trampled and my baby isn’t sleeping well at daycare.

In March, Melinda Wenner Moyer wrote about how this was going to be a problem. And presto, she is proved correct.