Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

April 16, 2014

Report: High-quality child care lacking in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, — A new report says high-quality child care programs are lacking in West Virginia.

The annual West Virginia KIDS COUNT report released Wednesday says 93 percent of children who need child care are in care that meets only minimum licensing standards or is of unknown quality.

More than 62 percent of child care workers have no formal training in caring for children.

Only 18 percent of licensed child care centers are either accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children or participate in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources’ Tier II reimbursement program.

The report says the state needs to invest more in child care programs.

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