Spot Quality!

Spot Quality!

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.

Play our interactive memory game to test your skills and learn the hallmarks of quality to look for when choosing a child care program.

When evaluating a child care program, look for these signs of quality


Teacher-Child Interactions
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.

Learning Activities
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.

Parent/Family Involvement
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.

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