The Importance Of Quality Care Between Ages 0-5 #QualityECE

 

Did you know that the first 5 years of your child’s life may determine the level of success they will reach as adults? To help parents who need to find someone to watch after their child during these early development years, First 5 LA has launched  a website for parents, www.ReadySetGrowLA.org.  The website informs parents about the life-long benefits of quality early care, provides educational resources and  shares tips to help them make informed decisions.

Finding quality daycare is one of the toughest decisions we will need to make as a parent.   When my child was an infant I needed resources to guide me in finding a caregiver and determining whether day care, home care or care from a family member was in the best interest of my child. I also needed resources to make informed decisions about selecting a childcare provider.   I’m so glad that a resource like Ready. Set. Grow! exists today because I know that parents will have a trusted place to go when making decisions about their child’s first five years.

My favorite Ready Set Grow LA resource is the 5 Steps Of Choosing Quality Day Care which provides the five key steps to making a decision on day care:

  1. Ready. Set. Grow! LA provides a resources to help you asses your needs, child care options.  The site also includes resources Child Care Referral.
  2. Ready. Set. Grow! LA provides tips to check credentials and references for caregivers.
  3. Ready. Set. Grow! LA recommends you get to know the child care provider and schedule a site visit. Also provides detailed tips on what to look for.
  4. Ready. Set. Grow! LA suggests you make a commitment by selecting the best option for your child and family.
  5. Ready. Set. Grow! LA also provides additional parental resources and games/activities to continue the learning process.  
Research shows that children that obtain quality day care have more advanced language skills, do better in school, have better social skills.  Ultimately, they will do better in high school, graduate and succeed academically.

For additional resources stay connected with Ready. Set. Grow via Facebook at  http://www.facebook.com/readysetgrowla,   You can also follow the conversation via Twitter by following  @ReadySetGrowLA  or  via  #QualityECE hashtag,
Question:  What is the most important thing you for when making decisions about childcare?
Disclosure:   This is part of a compensated campaign with Smith New Media and  ReadySetGrowLA.org.  However, all opinions expressed are my own

Eva Smith

Eva is Publisher of Tech Food Life Magazine.She has been featured on USA Today as a Top Blogger to Watch, Voxxi's Most Powerful Latinas in Social Media and Latina Magazine's Top 25 Latinas Who Shine in Technology.

She is an Engineer, Digital Entrepreneur andNonprofit Advocate with over 20 years experience in IT. She is a tech expert, content developer, consultant & speaker.

Comments

  1. Great article and it is so true. I remember when I had to go back to work and find a quality daycare for my oldest how stressful it was. I toured several places, interviewed several people people I was leaving my pride and joy with strangers. Luckily we found a place that not only took care of him but nurtured his love of learning. I wish I had a Ready. Set. Grow! resource when I was looking.

  2. What a fantastic cause. So much happens in the first 5 years of a child’s life and I applaud the Ready Set Grow initiative for its foresight.

  3. It’s important that they are people that I trust. Thank you so much for sharing! With two kids 5 and under, it is important information to have.

  4. This is great! Thanks, Eva, for sharing this. Early education is just so important!!

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