Y’all! I was scrolling through my YouTube recommendations when I saw this story from Business Insider that I had to react to.
After my initial reaction I kept thinking about this clip trying to figure out why it intrigued me so. It wasn’t really “news” to me that there are childcare providers who are well compensated to care for the children of wealthy families.
Then it hit me. The framing of this story was all wrong.
The program at Norland is viewed as being a rare anamoly, something to report on and throw up during a slow news cycle. The intent is to astonish and possibly cause a few people to dreamily consider what life might have been like if they had only trained to become a super nanny.
This story did not choose to highlight how most folks in places like the U.S. struggle and scrap to find any kind of childcare coverage, let alone this level of early childcare professional.
This is a space I spend a good deal of time in through my role as COO for Marta Collier Educational Systems and Services, LLC. This company, founded by my amazing mother, creates accessible resources and training for adults who work with children in the early childhood arena. Seeing parents and early childhood professionals struggle to get basic coverage for their children is heartbreaking. Watching decision makers dismiss the importance of childcare and early learning resources for ALL children in the U.S. is infuriating. I watched this video on Norland and realize it is through the lens of a simple question:
Why don’t ALL of our childcare training programs in the U.S. look something like this one?
Now, I know someone is going to say, “Well now, Marta, not everyone in the U.K. gets access to the super nannies.” Yeah, that’s true; however, are we not a nation that seeks to lead? Are we not an America that should push everyone to do better? Why would we not set the highest standard in the world when it comes to how we support the welfare of our nation’s children?
Let’s be the best of the best of the best for our children sake.
Marta is an award winning filmmaker, writer and producer committed to sharing the rich and complex stories of America’s Heartland region. Marta wears several hats as Chief Creative-in-Charge of MartaGwyn Productions, LLC as well as the Co-Founder and Senior Grant Writer of Youngblood and Associates, LLC and Chief Operations Officer of Marta Collier Educational Systems and Services, LLC.
Marta is also the founder and editor-in-chief of TheWRITEaddiction. An online community of writers that publish creative and inspirational works daily at www.TheWriteAddiction.com.
Marta is an alumna of The Ohio State University and Tougaloo College with degrees in Sociology and English-Journalism and resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and unconventional college sweetheart of 10 years, Terrance Youngblood.