For most parents, quality child care safeguards a child’s health and safety; the child is happy, and the program is conveniently located and affordable.
For many parents, quality child care is key to balancing work and family, so that parents have peace of mind while they are at work.
Other parents may define a high quality program as incorporating tangible school readiness activities, such as pre- or early reading or learning to count, or highlighting learning social skills such as cooperation. Or they may define a quality environment as one in which their families’ culture and their child’s abilities are respected.
Or parents may define high quality child care as an environment in which their child is happy, makes friends, has interesting and positive experiences, and learns about a wide variety of things.
Or… all of the above…and more.