Choosing Quality Child Care

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This page is a resource for parents who need to find out more about the wonderful world of childcare. Nebraska Extension, The Learning Child (TLC) team is here to help! Here you will find several resources to help you make the best choice to select high quality child care for your family.

A high quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children. Early childhood is generally defined as birth through age eight.   These characteristics can help parents make better child care choices for their children because they indicate a much greater likelihood of high quality care. Quality indicators measure the conditions that generally foster a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for children.

Click on each button below to learn how each of these areas relate to quality child care. 

Relationships Health & Safety

Curriculum & Program Learning Environment

Policies/Administration Items to Consider