A number of factors are important.
For one, children get the best care when small numbers of children interact with a few adults. When groups are too large, adding more adults to the group does not help. Pineville Child Development Center, Inc. (PCDC, Inc.) holds true to this and has a low child-to-teacher ratio with spacious classrooms.
It does not seem to matter how many years of formal education the caregivers have had. What does matter is how much experience they have in a child-related field. Adults with this experience tend to give better care and are better able to respond to each child's specific needs. PCDC, Inc's dedicated, caring, friendly instructors have over 54 years combined experience in helping children, with extremely low staff turnover.
A licensed center meets minimum state standards for health, fire and safety (it is inspected regularly). However, please realize that licensing does not tell anything about the quality of programs at the center. The state of Pennsylvania has developed the Keystone STARS program, which rates achievement of quality performance standards in the areas of staff education, learning environment, and administration. Child care providers who participate in the STARS program are those who exceed state health and safety licensing requirements.
Here are some things to look for in choosing a proper child care facility:
- Foster social skills?
- Provide a safe, clean setting?
- Have trained personnel who are warm and responsive to all of the children?
- Promote good health habits?
- Offer a stimulating environment to help children master cognitive and communicative skills?
- Encourage children to develop at their own rate?
- Nurture self-confidence, curiosity, creativity and self-discipline?
- Stimulate children to ask questions, solve problems, make decisions and engage in a variety of activities?
- Foster social skills, self-esteem and respect for others?
- Help parents improve their child-rearing skills?
- Promote cooperation between parents, personnel, public schools and the community?
PCDC, Inc. meets or exceeds all of the above criteria
- Is not licensed or registered with the state
- Refuses to let parents visit unannounced
- Employs staff members who are not educated, trained or experienced in child-related subjects.
- Is overcrowded, unclean or poorly supervised
- Does not have enough heat, light or ventilation
- Has no written plans for meals or emergencies
- Has no smoke alarms, fire extinguishers or first aid kit
- Does not set aside separate areas for playing, feeding, resting and diapering
- Has no policy on managing injuries or infections, or managing sick children
- Does not have a medical consultant
None of the above criteria apply to PCDC, Inc.
This page contains excerpts from the textbook "Human Development" by D. Papalia and S. Wendkos Olds.
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