Today, more than 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting every week while their parents work. On average, children of working mothers spend 36 hours every week in child care.
In May 2010, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) released a study on Early Care and Youth Development that shows high-quality child care can have a lasting impact on a child's development, behavior and cognitive abilities. Children who received high-quality care in the first few years of life scored higher on measures of academic and cognitive achievement when they were 15 years old, and were less likely to misbehave, then those who were enrolled in lower-quality child care. View the full study.
Choosing a child care program is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. Your final choice depends on many factors, all of which need to be carefully considered in order to best meet the needs of your child and family.
Here are some resources to help with your child care search-
Which type of child care is the best option?
How can I evaluate child care?
What does high quality child care look like?
The Child Care Network can provide you with child care referrals and community resources.
Contact us at 817-831-5060 or CCRR@CampFireFW.org.