The first five years are the most important years in a kid’s life. You’ve heard this before, right? Research shows that children who receive quality child care show more advanced language skills, do better in school, have fewer behavioral problems, and develop better social skills. Ultimately, they are more likely to graduate from high school and succeed in their academic careers. As parents, we ALL want this. So how can we ensure that the first five years of your child’s life are under adequate care?
If being a stay-at-home parent is not something that is feasible for you (or you simply don’t want to), then it’s uber-important to fill yourself up with knowledge about what to look for in a caretaker. To help parents who need to find someone to watch after their child during these early development years, First 5 LA has launched “Quality Child Care Lasts a Lifetime,” a campaign aimed at informing parents about the life-long benefits of quality early care and education and tips to help them make informed decisions. ReadySetGrowLA.org is a great resource for you because the website is full of tips, references and events. For example, they give five steps in choosing quality child care (listed below) along with links and lists that you can use when you’re ready.
- Assess needs and child care options.
- Check credentials, license and caregiving training.
- Get to know the child care provider by scheduling a site visit.
- Make a commitment.
- Stay involved in your child’s care and education.
This is part of a compensated campaign with Smith New Media and ReadySetGrowLA.org. However, all opinions expressed are my own.