A good early education childhood program can benefit your child,
your family and your community. Your child's educational, physical,
personal and social development will be nurtured in a well planned
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 take
care for your child - they are responsible for every aspect of the
Who will care for your child?
1. Adults who enjoy and understand how young children learn
Are the staff members friendly and considerate with each child?
Do adult expectations vary appropriately for children of differing
ages, needs, and interests? Do the staff members consider themselves
to be professionals?
Do they read or attend meetings to continue to learn more about
how young children grow and develop?
Do the staff work toward improving the quality of the program, obtaining
a better equipment, and making better use of the space?
2. The staff view themselves positively and therefore can
continually foster children's emotional and social development.
Do the staff help children feel good about themselves, their activities,
and other people? Do the adults listen to children and talk with
Are the adults gentle while being firm, consistent and yet flexible
in their guidance of children?
Do the staff members help children learn gradually how to consider
others' rights and feelings, to take turns and share, yet also to
stand up personal rights when necessary?
When children are angry or fearful are they helped to deal with
their feelings constructively?
3. There are enough adults to work with a group and care for
the individual needs of children.
Are infants in groups of no more than 8 children with at least two
Are two - and three-year-old children in groups of no more than
14 with at least 2 adults?
Are four- and five-year-olds in groups of no more than 20 children
with at least 2 adults?
4. All staff members work together cooperatively.
Do the staff meet regularly to plan and evaluate the program?
Are they willing to adjust the daily activities for children's individual
needs and interests?
5. Staff observe and record each child's progress and development
Do the staff stress children's strengths and show pride in their
Are records used to help parents and staff better understand the