Perspectives for Parents

March 26, 2021

35 Essential Questions to Ask When Choosing an ECE Program for Your Child

For parents of young children, few tasks are more stressful than choosing a child care program for your little one. Whether you are considering a preschool program at an early childhood education center or a home-based child care program, here are the 35 most important questions to ask.

Checking out a program in person? We invite you to download and print this checklist to bring with you on the visit!





Building Family Engagement through Education

We’ve all heard the proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

And as an ECE provider, you know first-hand how important it is for families, teachers and center staff to work together to ensure positive experiences for children so they can learn and grow. When center owners, administrators, teachers and parents join as a community everyone is better off—especially young children.

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Air Hugs and ACEs: Trauma in Young Children During the Pandemic

COVID-19 closed down a big part of children’s lives when it forced many of our preschools to close. Besides being places where children learn, preschools provide children with chances to make friends and build their social-emotional skills. Preschools also give some children a haven from troubled family lives, and the problems that many children face at home have grown worse during the COVID crisis. In the past year, loss of jobs, financial pressures and stay-at-home orders have combined to put a strain on family life across the board. We need to support both parents and children since the mental health of our youngsters depends on the mental health of those who give the care.

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