New Study Says Working Moms are Happier than Stay-at-Home Moms

Perhaps you saw this mentioned on the local news a few weeks ago:  A recent report published in The Journal of Family Psychology found that a 10-year study of over 1,300 women living in the United States indicates that working moms tend to be happier than stay-at-home moms. Indicators of the higher happiness levels include better overall health and fewer symptoms of depression.

Considering that approximately 60 percent of Alabama women in the workforce have young children, this is good news! (For more information on the status of chidren in Alabama, check out the 2011 Alabama Kids Count Book.)

 Employers benefit from happy employees, who tend to be more productive and more likely to be at work.

 It is then logically necessary that child care be of high quality. What does high quality child care look like?

  • Trained teachers
  • Clean, safe learning environments
  • Involved families
  • Low teacher-to-child ratios
  • Appropriate group sizes
  • Accredited

Childcare Resources is the child care resource and referral agency in central Alabama that “makes quality child care happen!” We recognize that working moms have much to offer to our communities and the economy. We also know that all children deserve to get the best start in life to ensure their overall life success.

We want to know what you think about this report: How do you strike a balance between work and family time? What factors do you consider when choosing child care? Please comment below or contact us:
205-252-1991 or childcare@ccr-bhm.org

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The effects of child care shortages in Alabama

In light of our last post, we are pleased to share a news clip from our partners at CBS 42.  The video highlights a local child care program that is exempt from licensing, but is striving to adhere to higher standards.

Childcare Resources provides two of our free technical assistance programs, Parents as Teachers and Infant Toddler Program, to Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Child Development Center.  Partnerships such as these help local child care programs improve the quality of their services and provide additional resources to enrolled families.

“If the facility isn’t licensed, the parent needs to know that and they need to ask questions to make sure that it’s still going to be a quality facility,” Joan Wright, Executive Director, says. Childcare Resources is committed to helping parents make informed decisions when it comes to choosing a child care provider.