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Defining quality child care

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Define “quality” child care:

“It’s having a nurturing atmosphere in a safe environment. There has to be a lot of communication and interaction. You want your children to gain those social skills, like sharing and playing with other kids.” – Brittany Clelan, parent.

“There has to be a good staff-to-children ratio so the kids get the proper attention. Training is vitally important and you would like someone with a background in education. Child care centers shouldn’t have an institutional feel. It should have a personal touch. Your kid isn’t just another kid.” – Susan Ward, co-owner of Tahoe Montessori School.

“The first thing I notice is the cleanliness of the place. The little things like a wooden or tiled floor so it’s easy to clean up messes. Having programs and fun activities keep the kids busy and entertained.” – Loren Fails, parent.

“Quality is an environment that is safe and health which is developmentally appropriate for all age groups. We want the child to grow and develop and not to be plopped down in front of the TV.” – Lynn Lucas, executive director of the El Dorado County Department of Education.

“A national survey of moms found that nearly half felt there was poor child care which jeopardized their children’s safety and health. Quality care can help kids in school, gives parents a reliable provider they are comfortable with and allows older kids a place to go after school.” – Marian Wright Edelman, president of the Children’s Defense Fund.


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