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A Note to Parents:
If your child is having trouble with their behavior at home or at school try not to blame yourself. Young children are hard to figure out sometimes because they are too small to tell us what is really bothering them. They also have their own temperament, biology and personality that may or may not be what you expected when you thought about having children. Children are a bit like snowflakes… there are no two alike. Unfortunately, they also don’t come with instruction booklets! All parents have worries, feelings and insecurities about what to do with each child they have. There are many people who can help you with your questions, concerns and confusions about your children and with parenting in general. Some things do resolve on their own but often, the longer you wait in hopes the problem will go away, the more difficult or complex it becomes. Parenting is hard work… you know your child best. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others to get the help and support you need to feel good about yourself as a mom or dad!
Content provided courtesy of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati and Central Clinic.
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- 95% of the brain's capacity is developed by age three, yet only 1.3% of Ohio's budget is dedicated to young children.
- A child develops the ability to reason by the age of five.
- A youngster's brain works on a "use it or lose it" principle, and synapses not used or stimulated early will be discarded.
- Nearly one-third of children entering kindergarten are 1.5 years behind their peers.
- Children in high-quality programs begin kindergarten socially and emotionally competent.
- Children who enjoy high-quality early learning experiences are more likely to stay in school, attend college, earn more money, and land a high-skill job.
- Society saves up to $7 for every $1 invested in quality early education and care - in the special education, juvenile justice, and welfare systems alone.
- When children are in high-quality care, working parents are more productive, have less absenteeism, show a greater work focus, and better overall work performance.
- A year of child care costs parents more than a year of college.
- Child care breakdowns leading to employee absences cost businesses $3 billion annually.
- Relationships that are positive, trusting, reciprocal, and flexible, and that embody pro-social, child-friendly values protect children against child abuse and neglect.
- In Ohio, the early education and care industry generates over $1.95 billion in gross receipts and accounts for nearly 57,000 jobs. In Stark County, gross receipts are $57.5 million and there are approximately 1,400 full-time-equivalent employees.
- The average child-care worker earns less than $15,000 a year.
- 65% of mothers with children under the age of six are in the labor force.