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The Beaumont Enterprise - News - 07/22/2005 - Kids must guard against ills
"Kids in day care always have the tendency to be exposed to many diseases, but when they enroll in higher grades they get sick less because they've already had some exposure to it," said Chad Cross, director for All About Kids day-care center in Beaumont. All
About Kids has 65 to 70 children enrolled year-round and Cross
doesn't expect enrollment to change because of the new requirement.
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Chad Cross has a decision to make.He must either become a licensed child-care center director or spend thousands of dollars a year to have one on staff. Starting Sept. 1, child-care center operators, including Cross, manager of All About Kids in Beaumont, must meet statewide standards that include having a licensed director on staff.
, who opened his
center three years ago at 5545 Eastex Freeway, he
must pay $400 for a 15-week training class to get his
own director's license.Otherwise, he
must pay an estimated $19,000 annual salary to hire a director.
"The problem with hiring a director is that you have to pay them what they're worth," said 30-year-old Cross
Due to the competitive nature of the child-care market in Beaumont, it would be tough to pass on the cost of a director's salary to parents.
"In Beaumont, everybody wants to have cheap day care," he
Earlier this week, Freeman was in the same situation as Cross
, but everything came together fairly quickly for her.
Much of the padding equipment _ excluding wood chips _ costs $9 per square foot, said Cross
who recently saw a contractor.
Cross's playground for now sits atop concrete.
For an average-sized playground of about 75 square feet, that's nearly $700 in materials alone _ excluding the contractor's fee, Cross
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Chad Cross, owner of All About Kids child-care facility, said that adding the classes is a good idea because the state is continually moving toward more highly-educated workers in day-care centers. He
said that perhaps another valuable aspect of the program would be to allow students to see if child care is really what they want to do.
Many young employees who have never worked in a day-care setting spend a few days on the job and quit, he
They find out that babysitting two kids at home is much different from caring for 11 2-year-olds, Cross
"It would really help if it (the program) lets them know what they're getting into," he
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