At United Way, we know that learning begins at birth and quality early childhood education programs help children thrive. Young children who attend quality programs go on to do better in school, work and in their personal lives than children who do not. High-quality programs prepare kids for the next several years of school. They also focus on learning and development, and teach kids important social and emotional skills.
With so many child care programs to choose, it can be hard for parents and caregivers to know where to begin. We used information from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) — a group that promotes high-quality early learning for young children — to create a guide.
Ask these questions as you choose an early childhood program for your little ones: