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True Partnership is Possible

Posted By: Mary O'Connell on June 5, 2009
 
LifeWays North America, founded in 2002, is devoted to developing healthy childcare. LifeWays promotes relationship-based care, focusing on the circle of care that is formed when parent, child, and caregiver hold each other in mutual respect. LifeWays centers and homes around the country offer a new type of childcare that features:
- consistent caregivers (children stay with the same caregiver for years)
- small group sizes
- small overall program size
- lower caregiver turnover
- training and coaching of staff in forming partnerships with parents

We have found that while the modern, widely accepted childcare system such as studied by Dr. McGrath does undermine the forming of a true partnership between parents and caregivers, LifeWays programs foster this partnership. We see the results everyday in our programs.

Mary O'Connell and Cynthia Aldinger
www.lifewaysnorthamerica.org
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