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Last modified: May 5, 2014, 9:51 PM
Every child has a great start in school and in life.
Child Care Resources leads efforts to promote equity for children, community stability, and school readiness by: -Helping families access and choose high quality child and after school care. -Partnering with providers and caregivers to offer excellent care. -Advocating for child care solutions that strengthen communities.
Early experiences significantly impact later life.
Children learn from birth. The most significant brain development happens in the early years. Early education results from interactions between children and all adults who serve as their caregivers, including parents, relatives, baby sitters, teachers, and child care providers. A significant number of children are not ready for kindergarten when they arrive The quality of child and after school care matters.
Children in high-quality care are better prepared to be successful than children in low-quality care, yet nationwide studies find that fewer than half of child care and after school settings can be considered good or excellent. Culturally relevant care that reflects that child's home culture and language builds positive self identity and improves school readiness. Well trained caregivers, low turnover and professional compensation are key factors contributing to high quality care. Child and after school care is essential for community and economic stability.
Parents need child care in order to work or go to school The majority of young children spend regular time away from their parents in some form of care. Stable child care has proven benefits for employers such as reduced absenteeism and improved productivity. Early education is a smart long term investment.
Studies show a dramatic increase in the rate of return the earlier one invests in children's lives. Every dollar spent on high-quality child care saves $4-17 in special education, law enforcement and rehabilitative costs. Children who experience high-quality early education are more likely to do better in school, graduate high school and attend college, and delay having children and are less likely to commit crimes or be on welfare. Better educated, productive citizens are the key to building strong communities and a successful global economy. Values
Passion for Children Serving children is our highest priority. We see ourselves as partners with parents and providers and caregivers to ensure good care for children. Respect for Diversity We honor diversity of all kinds and recognize that we are stronger when we are diverse. We strive to be culturally sensitive and to advocate for equity and inclusion in all the work that we do. Excellence and Accountability We set high standards for ourselves, use research-based best practices, and deliver on all of our promises with integrity. Responsiveness We listen carefully to our stake holders and use their input to inform our actions. Innovation and Collaboration We seek new and better approaches to current and emerging needs. We know we are most effective when we work with others towards shared solutions. Leadership We are committed to improving the child care system through advocacy and public education. We are willing to take a stand for children in a complex political environment. Work/Life Balance We believe that creating a work environment that respects the employee's personal needs is vital to our success. Engaged and Talented Staff We employ and invest in skilled employees who embrace our mission and deliver excellent services