Choosing Quality Care

What you need to know to help you navigate finding the best care for your family. 

Know the factors

Parents want what’s best for their children and when it comes to child care, they are soon bombarded with many questions. How much should it cost? What are the hours? Is the location convenient? These are all important factors to consider when choosing a child care program, but the most important question is often overlooked: Is the program high quality? A quality child care program should provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment where children can learn and grow. It should also be affordable and offer a flexible schedule that meets the needs of working families. Most importantly, it should be staffed by caring and qualified professionals who are committed to providing the best possible care for children. When looking for childcare, don’t sacrifice quality for convenience. Choose a program that will support your child, family, and your ability to work.

"Quality doesn’t just happen. You have to design for it, support it, and continually work for it. States that are serious about providing high-quality early learning opportunities have focused their attention on setting clear expectations for educators’ knowledge and skills, supporting educators to reach those expectations, and establishing mechanisms for ongoing program improvement."
Beth Meloy
Lead Author

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