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.