Parents

Child Care

As a parent, you want your child to be in high quality child care with nurturing, skilled caregivers and age-appropriate activities. When young children are in high quality care, there are positive impacts on school success and lifelong health and well-being. There are resources available to help you navigate the challenges of child care costs and quality.

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 parents have a role to play in improving access to quality early care.

As a parent, you can:

  • Learn about high quality child care in your community – including your state’s quality rating systems (QRS)
  • Contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency which can be found in every state
  • Be an open and active communicator with your child’s child care provider, ensuring a partnership to promote your child’s healthy development
  • Partner with your child care provider to achieve your common goals
  • Be involved in your child’s child care setting as a parent advisor
  • Be a powerful advocate for quality child care in your community

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