The Trouble With Daycare: What's With All The Criminal Madness??!!Serge Bielanko
They are calling it a ‘Fight Club’ for toddlers.
According to a Philly.com piece today, a Delaware daycare center has been shut down and three people have been arrested for encouraging three-year-olds to fistfight for the adult’s entertainment.
People, people, people, I ask you with sincerity.
What the hell is going on out there?!
This is just the latest in a rash of recent stories about daycare facilities that specialize not just in nap times and games, but also in extreme trauma and horrific crime.
I mean what are you looking for, what do ya’ need? There seems to be no shortage of outlaws dancing around in the daycare field.
Parents that barge in and punch other people’s kids? Check.
Drunks hanging out with the children? Check.
Pyromaniac child attendants that burn your kids alive? Check.
The list goes on and on and it’s completely insane.
It seems to me that every time I take a ride in my car, I see another sign popped out on someone’s front yard that says DAYCARE. But I’m thinking that a lot of times what they really meant to post was a sign that reads: “Hey, drop your kids off here! I need the loot! We got juice boxes AND an old stack of Legos!”
Why is that? Is it really that easy for people to go into the real business of officially taking care of our kids? Or is the leader of a daycare just a glorified babysitter like the ones you can just call up on Craigslist.
Now, I’m not a paranoid parent by any means. My daughter goes to a daycare at our local YMCA, and while her mommy and I both toured the facility and met the care-takers and talked to the head of operations before we allowed her to start there, I’m starting to wonder…was that enough? What else should I be doing or watching or uncovering?
She loves it there and has made a lot of friends, both young and old.
It’s really heartbreaking to learn of these places where people pay fairly decent money to allow the most valuable people in their lives to be cared for by strangers who are supposed to be ‘professional’ to some degree. But, with today’s awful news,I’m now asking: ‘what is a professional daycare worker?”
Is it a stay-at-home mom who needs cash? Is it a teenager or a college kid looking to break in to the education field and make a little scratch? Or is it a person who has gone through some rigorous criminal background checks as well as at least some degree of state-mandated intense training before they are allowed anywhere near children?
I’m not certain of the answer actually, but judging by all the signs up on front lawns up and down my home county, I’m guessing that it isn’t choice C.
Yeah, I know, I know, there are thousands and thousands of good and decent people running way more safe daycare centers than there are wackos running ‘Fight Clubs For Kids’. But it’s a really terrible situation when even one defenseless child in daycare is being abused or neglected or mistreated by the people in charge.
One is too many. And we are way past one now.
But how do we end it? What can be done?
Is it all up to parents like me to make certain we pick the right place?
Tell me what you think. Tell me what you know.
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