Quality Child Care Lasts a Lifetime
For many working parents, the road to finding quality child care can feel anything but smooth.
With so many questions to consider, parents are often stumped and stressed about what the right answers are for them.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the adult-child connection a child receives in the early years (from birth to age 5) plays a vital role to normal brain development. These interactions shape the way a child thinks, feels, acts and connects with others. They also play an important role in how children socialize, problem solve and, later on, how they do in school.
Most parents are unaware that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops by age 5, which makes quality of child care much more important in these early years. To help parents get informed and seek out key qualities in child care centers and caregivers, First 5 LA has launched “Quality Child Care Lasts a Lifetime,” a campaign aimed at informing parents about the benefits of quality early care and education. They have created checklists, provided tips and made videos to help answer questions.
They’ve outlined “5 Steps to Choosing Quality Child Care,” which include:
1. Assess needs, then research
2. Check credentials
3. Go on a site visit
4. Make a commitment
5. You have chosen; now the real work begins
You can get more information at ReadySetGrowLA.org/QualityChildCare/index.html
Watch the latest video created by First 5 LA:
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