Why Choose Child Care and Involved Parenting
Why Choose Child Care?
- Better mother-child relationships
- Fewer behavior problems
- Faster school readiness
- Greater thinking skills
- Better attention skills
- Higher achievement scores
- Enhanced academic performance
- Better work habits in older children
- Better relationship with peers
- Greater chance for finishing school and attending college
Information gathered from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Early Learning, Later Success: The Abecedarian Study and Significant Benefits: The High/Scope Perry Preschool Study.
Promoting Your Child's Development
- Be warm, loving and responsive.
- Respond to your child's needs.
- Talk, read, and sing to your child.
- Establish routines and rituals.
- Give your child safe places to play and explore.
- Make TV watching selective.
- Use discipline as a chance to teach.
- Know that each child is different.
- Choose quality child care and stay involved.
Guidelines adapted from I Am Your Child "The First Years Last Forever - The New Brain Research and Your Child's Healthy Development"
Involved Parents Make a Difference!
After choosing a child care provider, stay involved and get to know the person who cares for your child.
- Visit often.
- Talk to your child's teacher.
- Share information and ask questions.
- Spend time with your child at child care.
- Look around, see what's going on.
- Sit down for awhile and play or read with the children.
- Know your child's friends.
- Meet other parents.
- Participate in the parent program and attend meetings and special events.