Quality Child Care
  • About Quality Child Care
  • Focused Areas of Quality Concern
  • Child Care Policies
  • Quality Improvement
  • 10 Components of Quality

Focused Areas of Quality Concern

Infant and toddler programs that seek to achieve or maintain excellence will give high attention and quality improvement efforts in these focused areas of concern:

AREA 1 — Foundations: Safe and healthy care and learning environments with well-trained teachers promote strong physical and sound emotional development for infants and toddlers.

AREA 2 — Relationships: Responsive and nurturing primary caregivers working with small groups of children over time provide comfort and security that builds trusting relationships and social competence.

AREA 3 — Language & Learning: Curriculum for infants and toddlers happens within the context of interactive relationships, language-rich environments, daily routines, and play.

AREA 4 — Family Supports: Programs partner with families, embracing their culture diversity, and linking them to an array of community services that promote positive outcomes.