Selecting Quality Child Care
The South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Network (SC-CCRRN) is committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care, early childhood resources in their community, information on state licensing requirements, and availability of child care subsidies. It also supports families in making childcare choices for their children to prepare them for school readiness and a bright future.
Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make, but all too often they rely on word-of-mouth. Parents are a child's first and best teachers, but those who care for children when parents can't be are also extremely important for a child.
When parents know they have left their children in a safe, loving, and stimulating child care environment that they can count on, they don't have to worry while they are at work. Research shows that when parents know their child is getting the kind of care children need to be happy, healthy, safe, and ready for school they are more productive employees.
Quality child care lasts a lifetime and by choosing quality care, you give your child a great start on a love of learning for a lifetime of success. Quality school-age programs provide a number of benefits, including:
* Help your children grow socially, emotionally and physically
* Support your child’s learning (children in after school programs tend to do better in school).
* Build links to the community and encourage volunteer service, which enriches the entire community.
* Make children less likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and use drugs.
To find the best child care program for your child, be sure to utilize the helpful tips we have outlined in the following pages.