Why Quality Early Care Matters
Low teacher-to-child ratio facilitates meaningful relationships. Relationships play a major role in shaping the architecture of the developing brain. Harvard researchers at the Center for the Developing Child point out: “All of society would benefit from better trained personnel in early child care settings, as well as reduced staff turnover rates which currently undermine the relationships that young children have with the adults who provide much of their daily care.”
Quality care benefits everyone!
♦ Children experience a stable, nurturing environment during the most critical years of brain development
♦ Parents are able to earn their GED, develop job readiness skills, and find employment.
♦ The community fosters well-educated, productive citizens, thereby helping to break the cycle of poverty.
Quality childcare can lead to:
♦ Higher scores on school-readiness tests
♦ Better language skills
♦ Higher reading and math scores
♦ Higher high school graduation rates
♦ Greater 4-year college attendance
Children who receive high quality care are:
♦ Much less likely to engage in violent crimes as juveniles
♦ Less likely to become chronic offenders as adults
♦ More likely to pay more taxes
♦ Less likely to require public assistance
Georgia’s Quality-Rated Program
The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning launched the Quality Rated program in 2012 to improve the quality of child care in the state. It is an incentive-based system that assigns one, two, or three stars to early child care programs that meet a defined set of standards. For more on the Quality Rated system, click here.
To find a Quality Rated childcare program in Clarke County click on the logo on the right.
Are you a provider in Athens-Clarke County and wish to begin the Quality Rated program or learn more? Please click here to get started or for more information.