Ensuring Quality Child Care in Unlicensed Settings
If Mississippi is making an effort to encourage the use of age appropriate curricula at licensed childcare centers, what happens in unlicensed settings? In Mississippi, 80 percent of children under the age of five are placed in licensed childcare, but that doesn’t account for the nearly 40,000 who are at home or placed in an unlicensed facility. Legally, a childcare provider can have oversight of up to five children, not including their own child or children. Research has shown that families from higher socio-economic backgrounds place higher emphasis on the education of their children. Using another interpolative tool, if Mississippi has 65 percent of its children in poverty, that would mean 26,000 of the 40,000 children in unlicensed care are statistically unlikely to receive the exposure to an appropriate education that prepares them for school.