Opinion: Parents should take advantage of ARC’s on campus daycare


A woman holding a toddler outside of Davies Hall on American River College Campus. There is a daycare facility available in the child development center to assist parents who attend ARC and have no other way for their children to be watched. (Photo by Mychael Jones)

Jose Garcia

Too often at American River College we see parents who bring their children to school and let them run around campus like it’s a playground.

These parents should utilize the helpful service the Child Development Center (CDC) offers so that they can make their campus experience more simple and stress free.

Instead it seems like these students would rather let their young ones talk to strangers and venture through cigarette smoke instead of having them in a safe learning environment where they can progress in areas like their education and social skills.

ARC’s CDC offers day care service in the fall and spring for toddlers aged 24 months to 3 years and preschoolers ages 3 to 5 years old. They also take school age children in the summer from ages 6 to 10 years old.

According to ARC’s information page for the CDC, care for toddlers and preschoolers provide opportunities for personal growth at their own rate in a safe, nurturing environment where they are given the opportunity to explore and develop a positive self-image.

The summer program for school age children is in place so that the parents can continue to pursue their interest in learning.

The CDC also takes into consideration for school age children the level of each individual child’s development and the methods in which they learn.

They have flexible hours ranging from 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters on Monday through Friday.

There’s no shortage of opportunity for any parent on campus looking to seek educational fulfillment and ensure the safety of their children.

According to Fox News journalist Jennifer Cerbasi, who wrote an article on the pros and cons of daycare, children enrolled in such services have the freedom to become independent, socialize with other children and gain an academic edge because of exposure to educational concepts.

On the other hand, daycares can also put children in a situation to become more prone to catching an illness, spending less time with their parents and perhaps learning bad behavior.

But by doing the proper research, or by even asking other parents what care centers they use, the struggling ARC parent could find a great daycare establishment in no time.

According to mumsnet.com, parents with older children have numerous methods they could use like getting an au pair, which is a domestic worker or assistant from a foreign country.

Other options include finding holiday daycare centers or performing a “daycare swap” with another parent to find care for their children.

Although ARC’s daycare doesn’t provide any service for disabled children, an alternative solution would be to find a special needs provider who could accommodate the child’s needs within the safety of their own home.

Another solution could be to get them connected with a nonprofit organization such as Easter Seals which assists more than one million disabled individuals and provides special day care services for children with disabilities.

Wait no longer, the time to help your child and yourself develop is now.

Letting your children adventure in a possibly hazardous environment is neither beneficial for yourself as a parent and student, or for the child at risk.