Discussion 2: The Demand for Child Development Programs
Note: Please pay special attention to the instructions for the Response post for this Discussion. In addition to responding to two colleagues, you also are asked to make comments in response to a specific prompt.
In Chapter 1 of your course text, the authors describe major trends and issues influencing the demand for childcare in the United States. Population counts and related demographic data are an important piece to this puzzle, as they often directly correlate with the types and numbers of child development programs sought by families. In this Discussion, you will consider the implications of population trends on child development program demand in the U.S.
To prepare for this Discussion, consider the following:Which population trends described in Chapter 1 of the course text struck you as particularly relevant or important to childcare demand? What are the specific implications of these trends for child development program demand in the U.S.?In general, how would you characterize the national landscape regarding childcare and child development programs today? Based on the reading and your personal experiences, do you detect any broad themes in regard to the types of programs that are in demand?
With these thoughts in mind, follow the instructions below to post your response to this Discussion topic.
By Wednesday of Week 2:
Post an analysis of two specific population trends and their implications for child development program demand in the U.S. In addition, post a synthesis of your views on the national landscape for childcare and child development programs in the U.S.