What does it mean if my child care provider participates in the Paces to Quality program?
Paces to Quality has a commitment to improve the availability of quality home and center-based child care in the communities we serve. The program requires child care providers to be registered or licensed with the Department of Human Services and provide care for children from birth to five years of age.
Paces to Quality also encourages providers to further their professional development through:
· Free trainings on developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood care and education
· Providing program-based visits with a Paces to Quality staff or trained early childhood professional
· Providing developmentally appropriate activities and materials
· Opportunities for networking with other providers
· Technical assistance
· Information on other professional development opportunities
What does this mean for my child(ren) and me?
· Children benefit from a child care provider who is better trained and possesses curriculums with developmentally appropriate activities and materials.
· Children benefit from an environment that is both fun and stimulating.
· You benefit from the knowledge that your provider is receiving visits and trainings that are unique and informative.
· You benefit from the knowledge that your child care provider is dedicated to improving the quality of care.
· Quality care in early childhood settings has been shown to benefit children throughout their lives.