Featured letter: Raise standard for child care

After the recent publication with regard to the unsafe conditions at some local child care programs in our community, I heard a variety of comments. How could a parent drop their child off at a home with 86 cats? Or with people with criminal records?

I applaud Seth Slabaugh’s reports in The Star Press on the conditions and concerns at the child care facilities in Delaware County.

No place of business is perfect. No child care program is perfect, but what makes the good ones stand out are the ones who are willing to learn from their errors, make the necessary changes and do what is in the best interest of children and families.

One of the community-wide goals brought forth through BY5 Early Childhood Initiative is to advocate for High Quality child care for all children in our community. (High Quality in Indiana is a program on Paths to QUALITY Level 3 or 4, or nationally accredited.) We have more than 1,500 places where young children are being cared for on a daily basis in Delaware County, and every child deserves the right to be cared for and educated in an environment that is constantly reaching for the highest quality of care.

As a community, we should be demanding more from anyone who is educating and caring for (while getting paid) our youngest citizens, and advocate for the highest quality of a care not just for right now, but for the future of our community.