Why Care About Quality for Your Child

“Quality child care may be defined as child care services that provide a responsive, developmentally appropriate environment for young children. This quality care, added to a quality home environment, leads to the best possible physical, intellectual, and social-emotional development in the child. Parents who know that their child is receiving quality child care can be assured that their child is safe, nurtured, and challenged to learn” (North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 2013, p. 1).

The first five years of life are critical to a child’s lifelong development. Young children’s earliest experiences and environments set the stage for future development and success in school and life. Early experiences actually influence brain development, establishing the neural connections that provide the foundation for language, reasoning, problem solving, social skills, behavior and emotional health.

Families and communities play critical roles in helping children get ready for school. Children from families that are economically secure and have healthy relationships are more likely to succeed in school.

Just as high quality food effects your child’s physical development, high quality materials and learning environments, coupled with well qualified and loving early educators, makes a profound difference in the cognitive, emotional, and social development of your child.

Quality Child Care Links:

Explore the links below to learn more about preparing you, your child, and your schools for the important task of unleashing all children’s full potential.