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The Day Care Dilemma (1988)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-10-9

Duration: 00:28:14

Subjects: Day care centers | Early childhood education


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Maum, Beth Interviewee
  • Williams, Tionca Interviewee
  • Lockett, Vernadine Interviewee
  • Benjamin, Carolyn Interviewee
  • Kennedy, Chevette Interviewee
  • Anzalone, Theresa Interviewee
  • Simien, Marion Interviewee


This episode of the series “Folks” from October 9, 1988, focuses on day care, including the high costs of day care and the role the government should play in regulating and subsidizing day care. Sonya Masingale visits two day care centers in Baton Rouge – Kid’s Connection, a privately owned day care center, and the Early Learning Center, a federally funded day care center. She interviews: Beth Maum, the director of Kid’s Connection; Tionca Williams, the assistant director of Kid’s Connection; Vernadine Lockett, parent; Carolyn Benjamin, the director of the Early Learning Center; and Chevette Kennedy, parent. Masingale then conducts an in-studio interview with Theresa Anzalone, the program manager for Day Care and Fingerprinting for the Division of Licensing and Certification with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, and Marion Simien, the deputy director of the Office of Women Services. They discuss: day care licensing; the different day care classifications in Louisiana; what parents should look for when considering a day care; the educational programs at day care; the new fingerprinting requirements for people who work with children; the growing importance of day care for both working men and women; the benefits of on-site day care for employers; and where Louisiana stands in providing quality day care for children.