“We’ve got a lot of good child care programs in this community. Parents don’t have to use the rotten ones that get all the attention on the nightly news.”

That’s the sound bite I always say during media interviews but it never seems to make it on to the airwaves. Recently 4-C has been talking with media about some of the “bad actors” in our local child care community. We all know they are out there. They are the ones who seem to have no interest in what’s best for kids or families. They are the ones who bring down the public opinion of child care. And yet, somehow, they continue to operate, either openly or under ground. Maybe it’s time those of us in the child care world take action to highlight the bad apples that are holding the child care system hostage. I am convinced we will never be able to make substantial progress to raising the quality across our system until we quit protecting those who are in the business for all the wrong reasons.

Susan A. Vessels
Executive Director
Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C)