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More and more, research tells us that our children's healthy development depends on safe and positive experiences during the first few years of life.

If you are a parent who works during these early years, one of the most important decisions you will ever make as a parent is choosing quality child care for your child.

Every child is special and unique and deserves the best start possible. Studies reveal that a high quality child care program will help children become more ready for school which increases their chances to succeed.

Research also indicates that employers benefit when their employees' children are in quality child care arrangements. Parents are more productive and focused on work knowing their children are being nurtured and interacted with in ways that promotes all areas of their development. This confidence in care creates a win-win situation for everyone: parents, children and employers.

What Do You Look For When Choosing High Quality Child Care?
To help you make the right choice for your child, researchers have identified research-based guidelines to think about when choosing a child care program. Considering these guidelines can help you find a place where you feel comfortable leaving your child.
  • Low child/teacher ratios
  • Low teacher turnover
  • Staff with higher education
  • Prior experience and education of the director
  • Well-compensated teachers who receive good benefits
  • Accreditation or a 4 or 5 star license
Low ratios and low turnover allow teachers to respond to the individual needs of children, to give each child ample attention and to create a strong bond, adding to the child's security. Higher education helps staff and directors understand the needs and development of young children, which helps teachers plan activities for children and interact with them in developmentally appropriate ways. Well-compensated teachers with good benefits change jobs with less frequency, lowering turnover and increasing opportunities for children to create attachments and build relationships. Finally, child care programs with a national accreditation or higher-than-minimum ((*)) license demonstrate an intent to provide high quality care and have met higher-than-minimum standards to receive the accreditation or license.

The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education provides checklists for your use when choosing a child care facility. more info
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