PARENTS

PARENT RESOURCES

Parents, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. Choosing a quality early learning environment for your child is an important decision–you want to make sure that your child is getting the support and experiences they need to learn and grow when they are not at home.

CHOOSING HIGH QUALITY CHILD CARE

What does a high quality early learning environment look like?

  • 1 Constant attention to a child’s safety and well-being.
  • 2 Small class or group sizes, allowing your child to regularly interact with their teacher or caregiver and get the individualized attention they need.
  • 3 Regular opportunities for parent involvement, allowing for the development of strong partnerships between parents, educators, and the program.
  • 4 Learning experiences and materials that are not only age and developmentally appropriate, but are also respectful of all cultures and backgrounds.
  • 5 Educated teachers and caregivers that have formal education and training as early childhood professionals.

ARE YOU A PARENT LOOKING FOR CHILD CARE? USE THE LINK BELOW TO FIND CHILD CARE IN YOUR AREA

HOW QUALITY START BENEFITS PARENTS

Quality Start San Bernardino County is helping to make choosing child care easy by providing parents with the tools and resources you need to make an informed decision about where your child spends their earliest years. Quality Start ratings are based on a variety of areas–ranging from group size to teacher qualifications–and, once available, will allow you to find the quality early learning program that fits the needs of you and your child.

 

Participation in Quality Start San Bernardino County is voluntary–all of the educators that participate are committed to providing a high quality early learning environment for the children in their care, and are taking the necessary steps to continuously improve the quality of their program beyond what’s required to be a licensed child care program. Quality Start is a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS). Learn more about what this means.

BUILDING A QUALITY ENVIRONMENT AT HOME

High quality early education does not only live at child care centers or programs. It is important that children also receive high quality early education and learning experiences while they are at home. And remember, children learn through play! So supporting your child’s growth and development at home can be fun and build lasting memories. Below are great resources to help you turn your home into a high quality early learning environment, but your child’s teacher is also a great resource for ideas and activities to do at home.

NAEYC
First 5 California
Talking Is Teaching
CCRC & Vroom

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