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Letter - Providers are important

To the editor:

How often do you think of your day care provider as a professional? Have you ever thought about what your life would be like without your day care provider? Too often these providers are looked at as if they were just our children's babysitters. Not many people realize the quality of person and the education it takes to be a child care professional.

When I decided to study child development at Alexandria Technical College, one of the more popular questions I got asked was, "Why do you want to go to school to learn how to be a babysitter? Anyone can do that."

The truth is, people who study child development aren't in it to learn how to take care of children. They are there learning to be able to provide quality care and a diverse learning environment for the children who are in their care. As someone studying to be an early childhood professional, I can't imagine what life would be like for our children if they had "babysitters" as day care providers.

So I ask, how important is our day care provider to you? Where would you be without them? Better yet, what do they mean to your children?

Rebecca Hayek,

ATC Child

Development student

Alexandria, MN