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6 Important Indicators of Quality Child Care

SIX IMPORTANT INDICATORS OF QUALITY CHILD CARE
  1. The most important indicator of quality is the relationship between the child and the care caregiver(s). Adults are warm and nurturing. They are sensitive, responsive and supportive to each child and family.
  2. Quality caregivers understand parents are their child’s first, best, and longest lasting teacher. Family involvement is encouraged. Parents are welcome to visit and ask questions and they are informed  daily about their child’s activities.
  3. A stimulating variety of learning materials, toys games and activities provide learning experiences that keep children interested in learning, and are ight for their ages and developmental levels.
  4. Positive guidance techniques are used. Guidance is viewed as a tool to teach children new skills appropriate for their development rather punitive in nature. The sound of the environment is cheerful and pleasant rather than over noisy or forced quiet. Caregivers are involved with and available to the children.
  5. Environments are safe and healthy. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided. Caregivers have current CPR and first aid training. Children are supervised at all times.
  6. Small group size, low adult/child ratio and caregiver qualifications are three important things that form the basis for quality child care. Caregivers are aware of individual children’s needs and those needs are met with responsive care giving.  
Children do not begin learning at age five; the first five years are the most important years.
  • Quality child care in the first five years of life is linked to children’s achievement of higher cognitive and social skills and school success.
  • Children who have mediocre preschool experiences do not do as well in school as children in high quality care.
Early Brain Development
  • 90% of early brain development happens in the first five years.
  • The brain doesn’t just get bigger as the child grows, but the brain grows through stimulation in the environment.
  • What children see, hear, smell, taste, and feel actually changes the structure of the brain.
  • There are crucial “windows of opportunity”  during the first five years.
  • A quality child care program offers stimulating experiences that support healthy brain development.
The Importance of Social-Emotional  Development
  • Social-emotional development means how children feel about themselves, about others, and about the world around them.
  • Children must learn to share, to have empathy for others, to trust others early in life, or they may not learn these ideals at all.
  • A quality child care program encourages children to learn about and appropriately express emotions, build friendships, and develop empathy.
 School Readiness
  • 1 in  4 of Oregon’s five year olds are already behind when they enter kindergarten.
  • They have not learned to use books.
  • They do not know how to listen or follow directions.
  • They have not learned how to be a friend or keep a friend.
  • They have not been exposed to the amount of language necessary to understand the teacher.
  
A quality early child care experience is the foundation for a healthy, happy, prepared child.


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