What We DoQuality Child Care
are essential for the life-long success
of California’s youngest children and their families.
What is quality child care?
Why does quality child care matter?
- Kids in quality care do better later on, in school and in life.
- Quality care supports their physical, social, emotional and mental growth.
- As a parent, it lowers your stress, because you know your child is well-cared for.
What are signs of quality to look for?
Providers that talk, play, read, laugh and interact positively with the kids in their care. Providers develop children’s critical thinking skills, language, and curiosity.
Ratio and Group Size
Small group sizes and a small number of kids to every adult.
A mix of creative, fun and developmentally appropriate educational activities that are right for a child’s age, meet their individual needs and help them learn new skills.
Caring and knowledgeable staff who have a lot of training and rarely quit. Providers have taken classes or earned degrees in Early Childhood Education.
Provides a rich learning environment with varied materials, activities and routines. Areas are healthy, clean and safe.
Program (or Curriculum)
Providers use a curriculum to meet learning needs and may hold parent-teacher conferences.
Child Health & Development
Providers make sure children receive health screenings and that children are developing on track.
How do I find quality care?
- Child care centers
- Home-based family child care programs
- Preschool programs
There are benefits to all of these different types of care, but the signs of quality for all of them are the same.