Choosing child care can be tricky, but identifying elements of a high quality program doesn’t have to be. Regardless of the care setting, quality child care means that a program is a safe, healthy, caring, and educational place for young children to learn and grow. It supports all areas of a child’s development and wellbeing.
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When evaluating a child care program, look for these signs of quality
Educators talk, play, read, laugh, and interact positively to help develop children’s critical thinking skills, language, and curiosity.
Ratio and Group Size
Small group sizes and a small number of kids to every adult.
A variety of creative, fun, and developmentally appropriate educational activities that are right for a child’s age, meet children’s individual needs, and help them learn new skills and information.
Caring and knowledgeable staff who have a lot of training and enjoy what they do. Providers have taken classes or earned degrees in Early Childhood Education.
A rich learning environment with varied materials, activities and routines. Areas are healthy, clean and safe.
Program (or Curriculum)
Providers have a schedule activities to meet learning each child’s learning needs and may hold parent-teacher conferences.
The child care program encourages family participation, allows parents to visit, keeps parents informed their child’s day in child care, and may hold parent-teacher conferences.
Child Health & Development
Providers make sure children receive health screenings and that children are developing on track.