The University Record, April 23, 2001

Photo story: Job Shadow Day highlights child care

Royster Harper (center), vice president for student affairs, jokes with Christine Chung (left) and Kun-Woo Yi in the Pound House Children’s Center. Harper spent several hours working at Pound House on April 17. She was one of numerous community and University leaders who brought awareness to the work of child care providers during the Washtenaw County Job Shadow Days held April 5, 6 and 17. Because April is the Month of the Young Child, the Job Shadow Days emphasized the working environment of early childhood professionals and their job responsibilities.

In Washtenaw County, more than 24,000 children under age 12, including more than 3,500 infants, are in child care while parents work. The Job Shadow Days attempted to highlight the need to recruit and retain qualified staff to care for and educate young children. Child care providers continue to be among the lowest-paid workers in America.

Photo by Paul Jaronski, U-M Photo Services