Written by: Stephanie Freeman, MCCOY Communications Director
“We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.” ~Stacia Tauscher
As a mother with a young son, I can identify with the above quote. I am constantly thinking about the future. What will he want to be when he grows up, how much will I need to save up for a car, college, weddings, will I have grandkids? However, it’s just as important to focus on the here and now, than to plan for the future. Having a strong foundation now, will lead to success down the road. A strong foundation for most children these days is child care.
Children should have access to safe, nurturing child care with opportunities for learning. Parents want their children to feel loved and welcomed from their care providers and grow, learn and become better because of their providers. Let’s face it; most children spend more time at child care than with their parents.
Finding quality and affordable child care is very difficult. It’s full of decisions, wait lists, budgeting, and lots and lots of worrying. Similar too many important investments in your life, having a recommendation from a trusted advisor help make the decision a lot easier. For parents, I recommend utilizing the website: www.childcareindiana.org. This website has an easy search tool for parents to use to search by location of providers that have been awarded the “Paths to Quality” certification. According the website, “Paths to Quality” is Indiana’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system that include licensed child care centers, licensed family child care homes, and unlicensed registered ministries who have met voluntary standards.
Be informed, research and do your homework to ensure your child is in a healthy, safe and positive environment.