Quality Early Care and Education
High quality early care and education has long lasting benefits to children and to society as a whole. When young children are in high quality settings, there are positive impacts on school success, lifelong health and well-being, as well as tremendous economic return on the investment.
Seventy percent of children from birth to age five are in some form of child care. But the quality of these settings often fails to best support all aspects of children’s healthy development, including their social-emotional, early learning and health needs. For many families, quality child care or any child care is far too costly to access.
Docs for Tots believes that there are opportunities to increase doctors’ engagement in improving access to quality early care and education. We also believe that early care and education settings have the potential to improve children’s health.
Docs for Tots:
- Brings attention to the potential of quality early care and education to transform our nation’s health.
- Provides resources, technical assistance and trainings to support health promotion in early education and child care
- Promotes Quality Rating Systems (QRS) for early education and care and works to enhance state QRS’ emphasis on health promotion
- Enhances communication between early care settings and children’s medical home
- Educates doctors around the value of high quality early care and education
- Advocates for enhanced investments and strong early care and education policies
- Supports child care health consultants capacity to improve health promotion in child care settings through the formation of a New York statewide network of Child Care Health Consultants