What should you look for in a good early childhood program?
Professionals in early childhood education and child development have found several indicators of good quality care for preschool children. You will especially want to meet the adults who will care for your child--they are responsible for every aspect of the program's operation.
Who will care for your child?
What program activities and equipment are offered?
The environment fosters the growth and development of young children working and playing together.
A good center provides appropriate and sufficient equipment and play materials and makes them readily available.
Children are helped to increase their language skills and to expand their understanding of the world.
How do the staff relate to your family and the community?
Are the facility and program designed to meet the varied demands of young children, their families, and the staff?
The recommendations noted above were taken from the brochure "How to Choose a Good Early Childhood Program" published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). For further information about how to select a good program, consult the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (your state licensing agency), Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois Child Care Resource and Referral agency serving Southwestern Illinois or contact NAEYC at:
1509 16th Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20036-1426
FAX (202) 328-1846
For comprehensive child care information, subsidy and referral services in your area call Children's Home and Society of Illinois (CHASI) Child Care Resource and Referral Network at: