Caregivers are an important part of the modern family, but they also represent a growing sector of the workforce.
For many, the opportunity to work in this arena is simply not there.
According to a report by Caregiver Alliance, a nonprofit organization that works to improve caregiving, there are now more than 2 million caregiving jobs in the U.S. alone.
Caregenders are also among the highest paid workers in the country.
That’s why many think it’s only a matter of time before we see a shift in how we work.
But, according to Caregener Alliance, there is a problem: There are currently no guidelines for how caregiving should be done.
And those guidelines are often outdated and lacking in detail.
That makes it difficult for caregivers to make informed decisions.
“It’s like a puzzle where you need to piece pieces together to get a complete picture,” said Kristin Coughlin, a professor at the University of North Carolina’s School of Nursing and an expert on child care.
“You want to be sure you have all the facts before you make a decision, and the best way to do that is to look at a lot of studies and research.”
So we set out to put together a guide to help caregivers make informed choices about how care should be delivered.
We wanted to find out which schools are best positioned to provide care for their kids.
Which schools are the most efficient?
Which schools offer the most personalized care?
Which are the best at connecting parents with caregiving resources?
We chose schools with large populations of families who are currently or have been in the caregiving workforce.
We found a lot to like, including schools that have high levels of research, high retention rates, and strong alumni networks.
But we also had to weigh in on a few issues that have been the subject of debate for years: the amount of parental support that students receive and the level of accountability.
Which school offers the most support?
A few years ago, a number of studies have been conducted that looked at the quality of care provided to students.
But these studies have largely relied on self-reported data, so we decided to look deeper into the data to see how schools are doing.
A large part of this is because schools do not report student data on their online services.
So we had to conduct an extensive review of student data to identify schools that were providing the most accurate data.
Of the 542 schools that participated in our survey, we identified the following schools as the top two providers of care: Brigham Young University (BYU) and the University at Buffalo (UBC).
We also looked at how the schools are performing for parents and students, including how well they are integrating into the workforce and whether they offer effective training programs.
BYU’s students receive a high degree of support.
Students who have had a caregiving support specialist receive an average of $23,600 annually in financial aid, compared to $15,600 for students who do not.
Meanwhile, students who have attended a caregiver support training program receive an additional $19,100 annually, compared with a $9,100 financial aid payment for students not attending a training program.
The University at Boca Raton (BRA) is also one of the most innovative in the industry.
For every student who receives a caretaker specialist, one attendee is employed by the school, with an average salary of $26,600.
This helps students who are working with a caregiver to earn more than a $30,000 salary in the coming year.
But the school also has an opportunity to help students who may not have a career in caregiving if they are accepted to its school of education.
This means students who attend the school of public health may not be eligible for the same financial aid benefits.
For students at BU, students receive financial aid from the school for every year of school they attend, but students who participate in a care-related internship will not receive any additional financial aid for the following year.
As a result, students may be forced to rely on the school’s internships or other non-caregiving work in order to meet their financial needs.
What’s the most comprehensive care?
At Brigham Young, students also have access to a variety of caregiving and child care resources that are available to students who live in the community.
There are multiple programs offered at Brigham Young and other schools across the country, but we wanted to look specifically at BYU’s.
While students who choose to attend BYU can choose between two programs, the most effective option is the BYU care-centered residential program, which offers a wide range of services for students.
The residential program is designed for students from ages 6 to 17.
These students can work on a variety-of-sorts-of activities that include art, dance, cooking, and music.
For more information, visit BYU.edu/care.